Shredding a Star

This animation illustrates how astronomers think a star is shredded by a black hole. When a star wanders too close to a black hole, the intense tidal forces tear the star apart. During such a tidal disruption, some of the star’s debris is thrown outward while the most falls toward the black hole. The result is a distinctive X-ray flare that can last for a several years.


Video Credit: NASA

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