According to a new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a giant group of unusual black holes consuming excessive amounts of matter have been found.
The new study suggests some black holes are capable of consuming matter much faster than scientists previously thought.
Astronomers have known for some time that super-massive black holes, with masses ranging from millions to billions of times the mass of the Sun, can guzzle huge quantities of gas and dust captured by their gravitational pull. As the matter falls towards these black holes, it usually glows with such brilliance that it can be seen billions of light years away. Astronomers call these black holes "quasars".
The scientists noticed 51 quasars located at a distance between about 5 billion and 11.5 billion light years from Earth that had unusually weak emissions.
This finding may help astronomers to understand how the largest black holes were able to grow so rapidly in the early Universe.