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.


NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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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
Distance:4 billion light years

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