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Aussie astronomers find what may be the universe's brightest object

By Marcia Dunn
February 20 2024 - 9:56am
An artists impression shows the record-breaking quasar J059-4351, the bright core of a distant galaxy that is powered by a supermassive black hole. Picture by ESO/M. Kornmesser
An artists impression shows the record-breaking quasar J059-4351, the bright core of a distant galaxy that is powered by a supermassive black hole. Picture by ESO/M. Kornmesser

Astronomers have discovered what may be the brightest object in the universe, a quasar with a black hole at its heart growing so fast that it swallows the equivalent of a sun a day.

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