Caught in the act: A black hole rips apart a star

Caught in the act: A black hole rips apart a star

Caught in the act: A black hole rips apart a star

In layman's terms, that's when a star gets a little too close to a black hole and, well, it stops being a star after that.

Astronomers used a worldwide network of telescopes to detect the phenomenon before looking at TESS, whose permanent viewing zones created to find distant planets, caught the beginning of the violent event.

Astronomers have been doing a fantastic job this year of giving us a whole lot of what we want to see from outer space: Mainly black holes doing insane black-hole stuff.

In a recent press release, NASA announced that its "planet hunting" Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spotted a supermassive black hole feasting on a star as the latter celestial object was sucked into orbit by the inescapable gravity of the former.

In a statement, NASA has explained that the new visualisation simulates the appearance of a black hole where the infalling matter gets collected into a thin, hot structure called an accretion disk. In the process, the extreme gravity breaks the star apart into an elongated stream of gas.

Halsey And Even Peters Are Dating, Which Just Seems So Right Somehow
The 24-year-old singer and the " American Horror Story " actor are both coming off of big splits. Sources have reached out to Halsey and Evan's representatives for remark.

Black holes are regions of extremely high density that warp space around them to such an extent that it traps matter and light. TESS first recorded this tidal dissolution on 21 January. As light circles the black hole two, three or more times, it forms a photon ring. Luckily, the break-up of the star was quite bright, and it happened in the satellite's continuous viewing zone above the south pole.

TESS screens enormous swaths of the sky, called segments, for 27 days one after another.

NASA said that the tidal disturbance occasion was found by the ASAS-SN - an overall system of 20 robotic telescopes headquartered at Ohio State University (OSU) in the U.S. on January 29.

TESS, launched in April 2018, is NASA's second spacecraft after Kepler Space Telescope in the search for planets outside our solar system, including those that could support life. ASAS-SN was able to do so because its array of 20 robotic telescopes based in both the northern and southern hemispheres is capable of surveying the entire sky approximately once every day. "They also show us that ASASSN-19bt's rise in brightness was very smooth, which helps us tell that the event was a tidal disruption and not another type of outburst, like from the center of a galaxy or a supernova". The TESS observational campaign is still ongoing, so there's still time to spot some more tidal disruption events.

Recommended News

  • Boris Johnson Denies Groping Journalist Under Table During Private Lunch

    Boris Johnson Denies Groping Journalist Under Table During Private Lunch

    She said her usual reaction would have been to confront Johnson, but that she stayed silent because it was a work situation. Asked if he believed her claims, he said: "I know her and I know her to be trustworthy".
    CM Punk Tests Material at FOX Studios for Possible 'WWE BACKSTAGE' Role

    CM Punk Tests Material at FOX Studios for Possible 'WWE BACKSTAGE' Role

    CM Punk, former WWE employee, has been approached to be a part of FOX's WWE Backstage , which is being hosted by Renee Young and Booker T.

    Wall Street drops; White House considers delisting Chinese companies

    The tariff-sensitive Philadelphia semiconductor index .SOX extended its decline after the reports and ended down 2.4% on the day. NYSE declined to comment, as did S&P Global and London Stock Exchange-owned FTSE Russell. (Nasdaq: JD) took a 6% drop.
  • Hurricane Lorenzo quickly grows into an intense Category 5 storm

    Hurricane Lorenzo quickly grows into an intense Category 5 storm

    Over the weekend, it was reported that Hurricane Lorenzo hit a wind speed of around 160mph, making it a Category 5 hurricane. Outbreaks of rain will affect much of the country on Monday night, with a risk of thunder in the south.
    UP on red alert after heavy rainfall; 73 dead, life at standstill

    UP on red alert after heavy rainfall; 73 dead, life at standstill

    The state's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi was on Monday rescued from his residence, the ANI news agency reported. A wall collapse caused four people to die at Hanuman Ghat in Barari while two others died in Khanjarpur.
    Wilder to defend title against Ortiz in Las Vegas

    Wilder to defend title against Ortiz in Las Vegas

    The contest will take place on November 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and Fox Sports Pay-Per-View will carry the contest. Speaking to BBC Sport in August , Wilder said he would follow his bout with Ortiz by facing Fury again early on in 2020.
  • OnePlus 7T release date, price, news and features

    OnePlus 7T release date, price, news and features

    So far, we've only had confirmation of the OnePlus 7T launching in India , and you can pick it up from September 28 there. Netflix support though is yet to arrive but the company has assured potential customers that it is on the way.
    18-ace Aryna Sabalenka overcomes determined Alison Riske to retain Wuhan title

    18-ace Aryna Sabalenka overcomes determined Alison Riske to retain Wuhan title

    It did not bring a second victory in three days though as De Minaur won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in just over two-and-a-half hours. Riske, 29, faced nine aces from Sabalenka in the second set but broke serve in the sixth game to force a decider.
    Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman denies ordering journalist's murder

    Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman denies ordering journalist's murder

    Tehran has strongly denied any involvement , demanding proof, while Yemen's armed group, the Houthis, has claimed responsibility. In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes news programme, he said: "I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia".
  • Shahid Afridi hosts dinner for Michael Holding in Karachi

    Shahid Afridi hosts dinner for Michael Holding in Karachi

    The first match was rained off without play, while the third and final match will be staged in Karachi on Wednesday. Fakhar Zaman (54 from 65) was next to go, getting caught by Isuru Udana off Hasaranga in the 21st over.
    Braves' Freddie Freeman back in lineup after elbow rest

    Braves' Freddie Freeman back in lineup after elbow rest

    The Braves , who won their second straight National League East crown, finished 97-65 and will face the NL Central champion St. Michael Conforto is 9-for-30 with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for NY .
    Jewish New Year begins

    Jewish New Year begins

    This is an important time for Jewish families to share a meal with loved ones and reflect on the year gone by. I wish everyone good health and peace in families.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.