rtwork depicting a tidal disruption event (TDE). TDEs are causes when a star passes close to a supermassive black hole and get torn apart by the gravity of the latter. The debris forms a fan-shaped pattern around the black hole before eventually falling in.

Black hole announces itself to astronomers by violently tearing apart a star

A previously unknown black hole announced its presence to astronomers when it tore apart and devoured a star that wandered too close to it.

The intermediate-mass black hole located in a dwarf galaxy a million light-years from Earth shredded the star in an event astronomers call a tidal disturbance event (TDE). The TDE became visible when it emitted a burst of radiation so powerful that it briefly eclipsed all stars in its combined dwarf galaxy.

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