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euronews science : Black hole caught gobbling up a star

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Published on Sep 19, 2011

Cast your telescope's gaze to a point a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, and you may just be lucky enough to see a black hole eating up a star.




And that is just what scientists have done, with the first ever infrared images of the event being released.




The star in question, known to its friends as Swift J1644+57, is pulled close to the super-massive black hole and is ripped apart by the force of gravity.




The intense magnetic fields around the black hole then send a jet of particles straight out into space.




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