Final Moments of a Black Hole Consuming a Star Recorded by ESO #SpaceSaturday
In a rare catch, European Southern Observatory telescopes recorded a “tidal disruption event,” the term for a blast of light from a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole. Here’s more from SlashGear:
Scientists have been able to study the data in unprecedented detail. In these tidal disruption events, a star experiences something known as spaghettification as it’s sucked into the black hole. Such events are rare and aren’t easy to study. This event was observed by the ESO Very Large Telescope and its New Technology Telescope.
Scientists say that a new flash of light occurred last year close to a supermassive black hole, and researchers investigated in detail to see what happens when a star is devoured. When a star gets too close to a supermassive black hole, the black hole’s extreme gravity rips the star into thin spaghetti-like streams of material. As those thin strands of material fall into the black hole, a bright flare of energy is released that can be detected by astronomers.
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