Massive Black Hole Eating One Sun A Day

Nothing sets as ominous of a tone for any science-fiction move as that of a black hole.  Back in the day, Disney tackled the subject with its offering of The Black Hole, and just recently, Christopher Nolan offered his version in the dramatic thriller Interstellar.

With that all said, there is still so much that we just do not know about black holes.  That is why a new report, from the Australian National University, is resulting in some worry.  It seems a new, and what appears to be, an ever-growing black hole has been discovered.

What sets this black hole apart, and makes it newsworthy, is that it is the most massive one known to exist in the Galaxy.

Unlike those you might see in a Hollywood movie, this one is impressive—and from all accounts appears to be extremely hungry as well.  How hungry, one may ask?  It has been reported that the black hole is gobbling up approximately one entire sun a day.  That is one impressive appetite!

Image: Astronomy Magazine

In an effort to lend some perspective to just how massive this black hole is, it has measured out to 34 billion times the mass of our sun.  At that size, it is chugging down what is deemed the equivalent in size of one of our suns each day.

Dr. Christopher Onken, whom along with his colleagues, has been studying the massive black hole said:

“The black hole’s mass is also about 8,000 times bigger than the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.”

He also offered that if the black hole at the center of the Milky Way wanted to grow that large, it would have to wolf down almost two-thirds of all the stars currently in our Galaxy.

The black hole has been named and designated at J2157, and was initially discovered back in 2018.