View Full Version : Huge black hole tears apart star

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19-02-04, 00:09
Astronomers claim they have observed a "super-massive" black hole ripping apart a star and consuming part of it.
Scientists think the doomed star drifted too close to a giant black hole and gradually fell under the influence of its enormous gravity. The tidal forces of the black hole pulled on the star, stretching it until it tore apart. The black hole then swallowed some of the matter left behind causing a flare of X-rays that was detected on Earth. The phenomenon has long been predicted by theory and similar X-ray spikes have been seen before.

But astronomers claim the new data, from the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton observatory and Nasa's Chandra X-ray observatory, is the best evidence yet that these events do happen. The X-ray outburst is one of the most extreme ever detected and was caused by gas from the destroyed star being heated to millions of degrees. The black hole is at the centre of a galaxy known as RX J1242-11 and is estimated to have a mass about 100 million times that of the sun. RX J1242-11 is an estimated 700 million light years away from Earth. "This unlucky star just wandered into the wrong neighbourhood," said Dr Stefanie Komossa of the Max Planck Institute in Germany.


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19-02-04, 02:37
is that a real picture?

19-02-04, 02:37
Kewl... :cool:

19-02-04, 02:41
Originally posted by galaxia2999:
is that a real picture?I wanna know the same thing

19-02-04, 02:43
Looks like an artist's render to me...

We are a wee bit too far to actually see it...

And then there is the fact that you can't see a black hole anyway...

19-02-04, 02:48
It has to be an artist's conception but it's amazeing just how much is being learned now!.

19-02-04, 13:03
Wow! :eek: Thankful it's 700 million light years away from Earth. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

19-02-04, 14:52
That's so cool!!!

19-02-04, 19:41

19-02-04, 21:09
wow that is so cool http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

19-02-04, 21:11
The black hole is at the centre of a galaxy known as RX J1242-11 and is estimated to have a mass about 100 million times that of the sun

Wow cool http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

20-02-04, 01:34
Thanks for the info. Very cool. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif