Tidal Disruption Event

The Donut That Used To Be a Star

The death of a star is one of the most dramatic natural events in the Universe. Some stars die in…

2 weeks ago

A Black Hole is Savoring its Meal, Feeding on the Same Star Over and Over Again

Something extraordinary happens about every 10,000 to 100,000 years in galaxies like the Milky Way. An unwary star approaches the…

2 weeks ago

A Star Came too Close to a Black Hole. It Didn’t End Well

Black holes are confounding objects that stretch physics to its limits. The most massive ones lurk in the centers of…

1 month ago

A Black Hole Consumed a Star and Released the Light of a Trillion Suns

When a flash of light appears somewhere in the sky, astronomers notice. When it appears in a region of the…

2 months ago

A Black Hole Burps out Material, Years After Feasting on a Star

When observing a black hole that devoured a star three years earlier, an international team of astronomers noticed it "burping"…

4 months ago

Astronomers Discover an Intermediate-Mass Black Hole as it Destroys a Star

Supermassive black holes (SMBH) reside in the center of galaxies like the Milky Way. They are mind-bogglingly massive, ranging from…

1 year ago

Astronomers Track a Neutrino Back to the Source. Where a Black Hole Tore Apart a Star

Neutrinos are notoriously finicky particles.  Hundreds of trillions pass through a person’s body every second, yet they hardly seem to…

2 years ago

Astronomers Watch a Star Get Spaghettified by a Black Hole

When a black hole consumes a star, it does so by turning it into spaghetti first. Astronomers have seen it…

2 years ago

Astronomers Watched a Star System Die

About 570 light years from Earth lies WD 1145+017, a white dwarf star. In many respects it's a typical white…

3 years ago

This is What Happens When a Black Hole Gobbles up a Star

An international team of scientists recently created a unified model that shows what happens when stars are consumed by a…

5 years ago