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Astronomers Watch Black Hole ‘Burp’ After Eating a Star

Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 18 Comments


By Author Hirsch | Futurity

Scientists have for the first time witnessed a black hole swallow a star and then quickly eject a flare of stellar debris moving at nearly light speed.

Astrophysicists tracked the star—about the size of our sun—as it shifted from its customary path, slipped into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole, and was sucked in, says Sjoert van Velzen, a Hubble fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

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“These events are extremely rare,” says van Velzen, lead author of the study published in the journal Science. “It’s the first time we see everything from the stellar destruction followed by the launch of a conical outflow, also called a jet, and we watched it unfold over several months.”

illustration of a black hole eating a star
Artist’s conception of a star drawn toward a black hole and destroyed, and the black hole soon thereafter emitting a “jet” of plasma from debris left by the star’s destruction. (Credit: Modified from an original image by Amadeo Bachar)

Black holes are areas of space so dense that irresistible gravitational force stops the escape of matter, gas, and even light, rendering them invisible and creating the effect of a void in the fabric of space.

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Astrophysicists had predicted that when a black hole is force-fed a large amount of gas, in this case destroying a whole star, then a fast-moving jet of wreckage in the form of plasma—elementary particles in a magnetic field—can escape from near the black hole rim, or “event horizon.” This study suggests this prediction was correct, the scientists say.

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“Previous efforts to find evidence for these jets, including my own, were late to the game,” adds van Velzen, who led the analysis and coordinated the efforts of 13 other scientists in the United States, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Australia.

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Supermassive black holes, the largest of black holes, are believed to exist at the center of most massive galaxies. This particular one lies at the lighter end of the supermassive black hole spectrum, at only about a million times the mass of our sun, but still packing the force to gobble a star.


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  1.' Starr Guiness says:

    I thought the black hole didn’t exist? Sooooo much conflicting info these days

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  3.' Imma Lima says:

    wow,awsome???black hole giving birth stars???We are part of this magnifgicent Universe???arent we lucky..?????

  4.' Jeffrey Emerson says:

    Wow! good timing

  5.' Sara Newcombe says:

    Lee Farmer

  6.' Cherie Nicole Secord says:

    Renee Curiale

  7.' Stephen Vaughn says:

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  8.' Sam Secord says:

    Cherie Nicole Secord

  9.' Catherine Beattie says:

    Garry Beattie

  10.' Hengameh Azarmi says:

    For Attila Szabó

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  13.' Geeta Maharaj says:

    Star……ter nice one

  14.' Pancha Shakya says:

    If black hole consume star it won’t be blavk anymore mow it must be bright hole and now created another universe to that black hole and every thing within it the star now mustbe sun i say lol

  15.' Paul Vivas Montilla says:

    Peter Montilla

  16.' Graham Perrins says:

    We are being told by the Spirit World that our scientists have the wrong idea about what Black Holes are. See the Joseph Communications Facebook page.

  17.' Andy Khehla says:

    WE are Imma Lima

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