Gamma-ray flash came from star being eaten by massive black hole

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

A bright flash of gamma rays observed March 28 by the Swift satellite signaled the death of a star falling into a massive black hole, say a team of astronomers. According to their model, a star the mass of our sun got too close and was ripped apart; one-tenth of the mass was emitted as X-rays and gamma rays, much of it in a collimated jet aimed at Earth.

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