The fastest growing black hole ever seen is devouring an Earth every second

The fastest growing black hole ever seen is swallowing the mass equivalent of an entire Earth every second.

This gargantuan black hole has a mass 3 billion times that of the sun, and its rapid consumption leads to rapid growth of the behemoth, an international research team has found. The black hole gorges itself through a process called accretion, in which it siphons matter from a thin disc of gas and dust circling around the massive object.

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