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September 29, 2019

Star-Destroying Black Hole

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When a star strays too close to a black hole, intense tides break it apart into a stream of gas.

The tail of the stream escapes the system, while the rest of it swings back around, surrounding the black hole with a disk of debris.

This video includes images of a tidal disruption event called ASASSN-19bt taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and Swift missions, as well as an animation showing how the event unfolded.

September 29, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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