Study co-author Fuyan Bian, said: “We knew we were onto a very massive black hole when we realised its fast growth rate.
“How much black holes can swallow depends on how much mass they already have.
“So, for this one to be devouring matter at such a high rate, we thought it could become a new record holder and now we know.”
Further study and observation of this black hole will also shed light on its host galaxy, which may reveal more information about the early universe and how massive black holes evolved early on.
Dr Onken added: “With such an enormous black hole, we’re also excited to see what we can learn about the galaxy in which it’s growing.
“Is this galaxy one of the behemoths of the early Universe, or did the black hole just swallow up an extraordinary amount of its surroundings?”
“We’ll have to keep digging to figure that out.”