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Fastest-growing black hole of last 9bn years  

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Market Desk (science): The fastest-growing black hole of the last 9bn years has been discovered by an international team led by astronomers at The Australian National University (ANU).

The black hole eats the equivalent of one Earth every second and shines 7000 times brighter than all the light from our own galaxy, making it visible to well-equipped backyard astronomers.

The black hole has a visual magnitude of 14.5, a measure of how bright an object appears to an observer on Earth.

This luminosity means anyone with a decent telescope in a very dark backyard can see it comfortably.

“It is 500 times bigger than the black hole in our own galaxy,” co-author and ANU PhD researcher Samuel Lai said.

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