A group of researchers from Peking University in China claim they have located a: six times bigger than those previously discovered. They recently released their findings in Nature, a worldwide scientific journal.

A black hole is a dense area of space that has collapsed in on itself, making the whole area pitch black because no light can escape it. The particular black hole in question is estimated to be 12 billions times bigger than the sun and is thought to have been formed around 900 millions years after the Big Bang.

Lead researcher Xue-Bing and his colleagues first spotted the black hole with the use of a telescope in Yunnan, China, and went on to utilize telescopes from around the world hoping to get a better look.

In a recent press release, researchers from University of Arizona propose that the black hole is powered by the brightest “quasar” of the early universe. Quasars are described by NASA as “the brilliant beacons of light that are powered by black holes feasting on captured material.”

Australian National University researcher Fuyun Bian postulates that the light from a quasar is thought to push material back behind it and limit the growth of black holes, and that the quasar at the center of this particular black hole is unusual because it gained such an enormous amount of mass in such a short period of time.

Another researcher by the name of Chris Willott suggested to Nature that some black holes are formed by the collapse of a very large gas cloud instead of a single star, which could explain this one’s rapid growth. Research teams from all over the world are now working to provide answers and probing to discover how this black hole was formed.

Natalie