Star swallowed by black hole


Supermassive black hole is seen swallowing a star

Radiation from a faraway constellation revealed something never witnessed before, scientists say.

August 25, 2011|Amina Khan

For the first time, astronomers say they’ve borne witness to a supermassive black hole consuming a star.

Two papers released Wednesday by the journal Nature describe powerful blasts of radiation whose brightness and behavior can be explained only by a sun-sized star being torn apart by the gravitational forces of a black hole at the center of its galaxy, the authors say.

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~ av thyzor på september 1, 2011.

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