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Black Hole Devours Star and Beams Signal to Earth

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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2011

On March 28, 2011, NASA's Swift detected intense X-ray flares thought to be caused by a black hole devouring a star. In one model, illustrated here, a sun-like star on an eccentric orbit plunges too close to its galaxy's central black hole. About half of the star's mass feeds an accretion disk around the black hole, which in turn powers a particle jet that beams radiation toward Earth.

If you look carefully at the beginning of the video you will see the black hole moving through space before the star enters the event horizon.

Images provided courtesy of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

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