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NASA Captures A Star Shredded By Massive Black Hole In 133 Days!

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posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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A cosmic death, 2.7 billion light years away


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May 5, 2012 — Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii were among the first to help identify the stellar remains.

Supermassive black holes weigh millions to billions times more than the sun. They lurk in the center of most galaxies, waiting for an unsuspecting victim - such as a star - to wander close enough. They are then ripped to shreds by the powerful gravitational clutches of the black hole.

This video is a computer simulation of the "celestial homicide", demonstrating a star being shredded by the gravity of a massive black hole. Some of the stellar debris falls into the black hole and some of it is ejected into space at high speeds.

The areas in white are regions of highest density, with lower-density regions becoming progressively redder. The tiny blue dot in the top right hand corner pinpoints the black hole’s location.

The elapsed time, almost half a year, corresponds to how long it takes for a sun-like star to be ripped apart by a black hole a million times more massive than the sun.

Astronomers have spotted these celestial homocides before, but this is the first time they have identified the victim. Using several ground and space based telescopes, a team of astronomers led by Suvi Gezari of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, identified the victim as a star rich in helium gas.

The star resided in a galaxy 2.7 billion light-years away.



The video simulation is pretty crazy. Just imagine what a black hole of that size could do to Earth in a few seconds! Scary to know this can happen to any star/planet at anytime and anywhere.....




posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:16 PM
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If the super massive black hole is so dense with an astonishing gravitational pull......

Why is anything "ejected at very high speeds" since even photons cant escape it!!!!!

Im a little confused.



posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:25 PM
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Originally posted by Biigs
If the super massive black hole is so dense with an astonishing gravitational pull......

Why is anything "ejected at very high speeds" since even photons cant escape it!!!!!

Im a little confused.


That is a very good question. Nasa responds by saying:
www.nasa.gov...


When the star is ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the black hole, some part of the star's remains falls into the black hole, while the rest is ejected at high speeds," Gezari said.

"We are seeing the glow from the stellar gas falling into the black hole over time.

We're also witnessing the spectral signature of the ejected gas, which we find to be mostly helium. It is like we are gathering evidence from a crime scene.

Because there is very little hydrogen and mostly helium in the gas, we detect from the carnage that the slaughtered star had to have been the helium-rich core of a stripped star."


Hope this helps



posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:27 PM
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sooo black holes prefer hydrogen to helium?

is this a atom mass ratio thing?

Fussy black holes!



posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:33 PM
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Supermassiveblack hole shredding a star in direct First thread

Astronomer Catches Black Hole "Sucking in Star" Video Second thread

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posted on May, 5 2012 @ 08:35 PM
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Originally posted by Biigs
If the super massive black hole is so dense with an astonishing gravitational pull......

Why is anything "ejected at very high speeds" since even photons cant escape it!!!!!

Im a little confused.


The theory you are quoting is sound up until you reach the event horizon.

After the event horizon, light can escape the super-massive gravity produced by the black hole and at a further distance, matter(though it would have to have an incredible velocity initially which tapers off inverse squarely to the distance from the black hole).




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