Black hole kills star and blasts 3.8 billion light year beam at Earth

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 15:30 in Astronomy & Space

The flash from one of the biggest and brightest bangs yet recorded by astronomers comes from a massive black hole at the center of a distant galaxy, new research shows. The black hole appears to have ripped apart a star that wandered too close, creating a powerful beam of energy that crossed the 3.8 billion light years to Earth.

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