Black Hole Eats Star for Ten Years!

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A supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy about 1.8 billion lightyears from Earth has been slowly “eating” a star for about a decade now. This baffled researchers because no star death by black hole has been this long. What this means is either the star was incredibly, incredibly massive, or the black hole has completely ripped a smaller star apart and has taken its time doing so. From studying the tidal disruption events, researchers can tell that the black hole is actually growing; this is a impressive find for scientists, as it gives more information about how black holes specifically work and change over time.

It’s amazing that this process can be observed from such a far distance, and can be observed with enough precision to make conclusions about the black hole’s changes over time. Especially, also, because there is still so much to learn about black holes and their behavior, structure, and history. Read More About Black Hole XJ1500+0154

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3 thoughts on “Black Hole Eats Star for Ten Years!

  1. News about black hole devouring other stars has always managed to awe me – AND THIS TIME IT’S SUPERMASSIVE! This is very frightening but at the same time very mind-bending. Black holes are mysterious but that what makes them so interesting to research upon. I am quite glad that our galactic nucleus is the “quite” type of black hole and not the ferocious one. This is definitely the largest space meal ever! Great post!

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  2. I think one of the most interesting things about studying space is the idea that pretty much everything studied or observed happened long ago, and that the sole reason we can see anything is because of the enormous distance the light has to travel before we can observe it. I also think its amazing that something like this can go on for such as incredibly long time, and how much longer than a single human life this will go on for.

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  3. This is amazing. One time, I tried to eat an entire pizza by myself, and even after an hour, I still couldn’t finish. All jokes aside, I think this is pretty cool. This reminds me of the movie Interstellar. In it, a black hole just like this one was absorbing a star into it, and you could see the remnants of the star around it. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it.

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