Giant Black Hold Shreds and Swallows Helpless Star

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Giant Black Hold Shreds and Swallows Helpless Star

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Giant Black Hole Shreds and Swallows Helpless Star

by Ken Croswell


Some people seem born under an unlucky star. But some stars are equally unlucky themselves. Astronomers have spotted a star in another galaxy plunging toward a giant black hole and being ripped to shreds, sparking a flare so brilliant that observers detected it from a distance of 2.1 billion light-years. By watching the flare brighten and fade, scientists have achieved the unprecedented feat of reconstructing the life story of the doomed sun.

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