A star survives spaghettification by a black hole

A captured star has had several close encounters with a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy – and may even have survived material torn apart by immense gravitational tidal forces.

The destruction of a Star by the gravitational forces of a a supermassive black hole is a violent affair known as a Tidal Disturbance Event (TDE). The gas is stripped from the star and undergoes “spaghettification”, during which it is shredded and stretched into streams of hot material that circulate around the star. black hole, forming a temporary and very bright accretion disk. From our point of view, the center of the galaxy housing the supermassive black hole appears to be igniting.

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