Beware of the hungry black hole.
Astronomers tracked a supermassive black hole, 20 million times larger than the sun, which ate up and destroyed a star that came too close.
Located nearly 150 million light years away from Earth, scientists theorise the star swirled around the black hole, emitting intense x-rays and visible light, as a jet of material spat out at a quarter of the speed of light.
Such an occurrence, called a tidal disruption event (TDE), has been rarely spotted. But scientists think they happen more often. Read more…