Sunday :: Jun 19, 2011

Black Hole Eating Star Galaxy

by Mary

One of NASA's satellites caught a long burst of gamma ray energy from the center of a galaxy and believe this was the result of a star falling into a black hole at the center of the galaxy.

"We believe this explosive event was caused by a supermassive black hole ten million times the mass of the sun shredding a star that got too close to its gravitational pull," said study leader Joshua Bloom, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley.

"The mass of the star fell into the black hole, but along the way it heated up and produced a burst of energy in the form of a powerful jet of radiation, [which] we were able to detect through space-based observatories."

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