Canberra, July 1 -- : We now know just how massive the fastest-growing black hole in the universe actually is, as well as how much it eats, thanks to new research led by the Australian National University (ANU).

It is 34 billion times the mass of our Sun and gorges on nearly the equivalent of one Sun every day, according to Dr. Christopher Onken and his colleagues.

"The black hole's mass is also about 8,000 times bigger than the black hole in the centre of the Milky Way. If the Milky Way's black hole wanted to grow that fat, it would have to swallow two thirds of all the stars in our galaxy," Dr. Onken said.

This giant black hole -- known as J2157 -- was discovered by the same research team in 2018.

"We're seeing it at a time when the ...