Supermassive Death: 3 Stars Get Eaten By Black Holes

August 11, 2014 7:51 PM

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Supermassive Death: 3 Stars Get Eaten By Black Holes

Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.

For any given galaxy, it is estimated that a star will be destroyed by the central supermassive black hole approximately once every 10,000 years. The vast majority of known galaxies are thought to contain at least one supermassive black hole in their cores, having a dramatic effect on galactic and s...

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