Star condemned to death was “devoured” by a black hole, Hubble captures the moment

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Final moments of the devoured star. | Photo: NASA.

astronomers of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) managed to capture in image the exact moment in which a star was “devoured” by a black hole. And it is that, although the Telescope hubble is too far to see how the doomed star is sucked in, the vision of hubble he trained in chaos before the collision ended, after he was alerted by a flash of high-energy radiation from the nucleus of a galaxy 300 million light-years away.

The hubble astronomers they fingerprinted the starlight coming from the mishap, as these specters tell a forensic story of a star falling into a cosmic blender.

The absorbed star was crushed and thrown towards the black hole like a stretched piece of candy, explained the POT in a statement, where he noted that this process formed a Dina-shaped ring of gas around the black hole with superheated gas escaping in all directions.

The event named AT2022dsb was first captured on March 1, 2022 by All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN or “Assassin”), a network of ground-based telescopes that surveys the extragalactic sky about once a week for violence. , variable and transient events that are shaping our universe.

hubble can’t photograph the chaos up close AT2022dsb tidal eventSince the chewed star it is nearly 300 million light-years away in the center of the galaxy ESO 58583-G004.

But astronomers used the powerful ultraviolet sensitivity of the hubble to study light from the shredded star, which includes hydrogen, carbon, and more. In addition, spectroscopy provides forensic clues to the black hole homicide.

Thanks to hubble telescope Astronomers have recorded in detail the final moments of a star when it is swallowed by a black hole, These are called “tidal disruption events” to discover the details of what happens when a rogue star plunges into the gravitational chasm.

Images of the moment. | Photo: NASA.

Why can a black hole eat a star?

According to the Administration, the black holes they have such a voracious gravitational pull that they even swallow light, turning them into hungry monsters that lurk in the eternal darkness.

NASA explains that the black holes They are gatherers, not hunters, and lie in wait until a star hapless.

When the star gets close enough, the gravitational grip of the black hole it violently tears it apart and carelessly devours its gases while expelling intense radiation. To date about 100 have been observed black holes insatiable.

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