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Using new data analysis tool on Swift, scientists discover black hole snacking on a star

Using new data analysis tool on Swift, scientists discover black hole snacking on a star

Published by NASASpaceflight on 09/09/2023

Scientists, using NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, have discovered a black hole that is continuously snacking on a star that is similar to our Sun. Located in a galaxy around 500 million light-years away from Earth, the black hole’s constant nibbling on the star, a phenomenon known as a tidal disruption event, creates a bright burst of light. This burst of light subsequently lit up the galaxy, which allowed for its discovery.

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