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January 23, 2023

Hubble Captures Rare Event: Star Eaten By a Black Hole 300 Million Light Years Away

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Editor: Akanksha Choudhary

What is a Black Hole? * Black holes are regions in space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape * Black holes are formed when massive stars die and collapse in on themselves

What is Tidal Disruption Event?

* A Tidal Disruption Event (TDE) occurs when a star gets too close to a black hole * The black hole's gravity causes the star to be torn apart

Observing TDEs with the Hubble Space Telescope

* The Hubble Space Telescope has been able to capture a TDE in progress * The TDE occurred 300 million light years away

Key Finding: * The TDE lasted for more than a year * The disrupted star's debris formed an accretion disk around the black hole

Implications of TDEs * TDEs can provide new insights into the behavior of black holes.  * TDEs can also help scientists study the properties of accretion disks

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