Black hole eats star

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has pinpointed the source of one of the most puzzling blast of high-energy radiation ever observed. It is at the very center of a small, distant galaxy, which appears to be sending a beam of radiation directly toward Earth.

This diagram explains how a star being torn apart by a black hole’s gravitational force is thought likely to be the cause of a powerful beam of X-rays and gamma rays which is pointed towards Earth. If confirmed, this would be the first time this phenomenon has been observed.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:ann1108b
Type:Artwork
Release date:7 April 2011, 15:00
Related announcements:ann1108
Size:2996 x 1165 px

About the Object

Name:GRB 110328A
Type:• Early Universe : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Gamma Ray Burst
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Distance:4 billion light years


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