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Sunday, December 13, 2015

black-hole-eating star

Supermassive black-hole-eating star ejects high-speed flare
December 1, 2015

Artist’s conception of a star being drawn toward a black hole and destroyed (left), and the black hole later emitting a “jet” of plasma composed of the debris left from the star’s destruction. (credit: modified from an original image by Amadeo Bachar.) An international team of astrophysicists has for the first time witnessed a black hole swallowing a star and ejecting a flare of matter moving at nearly the speed of light. The finding, reported in the journal Science, tracks the star — about the size of our sun — as it shifts from its customary path, slips into … more…

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