Tech & Science Daily: Behind the fastest-growing supermassive black hole discovery

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Scientists Capture Fastest Growing Black Hole in the Universe (Christopher Onken/Australian National University)
Scientists Capture Fastest Growing Black Hole in the Universe (Christopher Onken/Australian National University)

Astronomers have discovered the fastest-growing supermassive black hole of the last 9 billion years - and it’s believed to be swallowing the equivalent of Earth each second.

Tech & Science Daily spoke to Lead Researcher Dr. Christopher Olken at the Australian National University.

He says that people have been searching for supermassive black holes since the 1960s but this one was just outside the places they looked.

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