Dec 14, 2016 in Blog Articles
Studies Find Echoes of Black Holes Eating Stars
This illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Supermassive black holes, with their immense gravitational pull, are notoriously good at clearing out their immediate surroundings by eating nearby objects. When a star passes within a certain distance of a black hole, the stellar material gets stretched and compressed — or “spaghettified” — as the black hole….

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