UC Santa Cruz Transient Astrophysics
Prof. Ryan Foley
Astronomers Witness the Explosive End of a Dying Star
11/10/2022 - An intermediate-mass black hole lurking undetected in a dwarf galaxy revealed itself to astronomers when it gobbled up an unlucky star that strayed too close. The shredding of the star, known as a “tidal disruption event” or TDE, produced a flare of radiation that briefly outshone the combined stellar light of the host dwarf galaxy and could help scientists better understand the relationships between black holes and galaxies.
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