Black hole caught destroying star

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    May 08, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/05/03/3494617.htm

    Scientists have witnessed the rare spectacle of a supermassive black hole devouring a star that had ventured too close - an event that occurs about once in 10,000 years.

    Supermassive black holes are giant gravity wells that usually lurk dormant and undetected at the centre of galaxies, but can occasionally be tracked by the scraps left over from their stellar fests.

    "Black holes, like sharks, suffer from a popular misconception that they are perpetual killing machines," says researcher Ryan Chornock from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

    "Actually, they're quiet for most of their lives. Occasionally a star wanders too close, and that's when a feeding frenzy begins."

    If a star passes too close, the black hole's gravitational pull can rip it apart before sucking in its gases, which are heated by the friction and start to glow - giving away the silent killer's hiding place.


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    May 08, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Amazing! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 08, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    I like how the headline sounds like it was caught doing something dirty...like black hole caught with its pants down!
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    May 08, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    Not big on computer simulations. I'd rather see the real thing, even if it's blurry as hell. But I guess they don't have any footage of this at all.
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    May 08, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    But did they notice a disturbance in the Force?
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    May 08, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    That's really cool....
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    May 08, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidNot big on computer simulations. I'd rather see the real thing, even if it's blurry as hell. But I guess they don't have any footage of this at all.
    This is about as good as you're gonna get until James Webb telescope is launched in 2018.

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    May 08, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    so who's the black hole and which pop star got devoured?
    but seriously that's really cool - I've always been interested in astronomy icon_smile.gif
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    May 08, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    Bump!
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    May 08, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    nomnom
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    May 08, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    I can't even imaging how powerful is the attfaction force of a blakhole, capable to swallow a star, just imaging kf the star is like the Sun, now think about how small is our planet compared with the sun, we live in a grain of sand, now think about those millions maybe billions of black holes doing this. It is exciting!!!
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    May 08, 2012 10:08 PM GMT
    Shark100 saidI can't even imaging how powerful is the attfaction force of a blakhole, capable to swallow a star, just imaging kf the star is like the Sun, now think about how small is our planet compared with the sun, we live in a grain of sand, now think about those millions maybe billions of black holes doing this. It is exciting!!!


    You just like to think about swallowing too much. icon_razz.gif
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    May 08, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI like how the headline sounds like it was caught doing something dirty...


    I love a nasty hole.
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    May 09, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    Funny bluey!!! icon_razz.gif , it is figurative...
    bluey2223 said
    Shark100 saidI can't even imaging how powerful is the attfaction force of a blakhole, capable to swallow a star, just imaging kf the star is like the Sun, now think about how small is our planet compared with the sun, we live in a grain of sand, now think about those millions maybe billions of black holes doing this. It is exciting!!!


    You just like to think about swallowing too much. icon_razz.gif
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    May 10, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Black hole ...hehehehe lol
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    May 11, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    talk about super hoover... out of this world.icon_wink.gif
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    May 21, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    hmmmmm