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Black Hole Caught Red-Handed in a Stellar Homicide [hd video]

NASA image release May 2, 2012

 

This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space. Astronomers observed a flare in ultraviolet and optical light from the gas falling into the black hole and glowing helium from the stars's helium-rich gas expelled from the system.

 

Credit: NASA; S. Gezari, The Johns Hopkins University; and J. Guillochon, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

To read more go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/star-shredding....

 

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