Hubble Finds Hungry Black Hole Twisting Captured Star Into Donut Shape

  • Released Thursday, January 12th, 2023
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 11:43AM
  • ID: 14272

Black holes are gatherers, not hunters. They lie in wait until a hapless star wanders by. When the star gets close enough, the black hole's gravitational grasp violently rips it apart and sloppily devours its gasses while belching out intense radiation.

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have recorded a star's final moments in detail as it gets gobbled up by a black hole.

For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

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“Solar Eclipse” by Alexander Ryder Mcnair [ASCAP] and Harry Gregson Williams [BMI] via Atmosphere Music Ltd. [PRS] and Universal Production Music.

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