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Rare Observation of Luminous Jet Emitted by Supermassive Black Hole as it Rips Star Apart and Fires Relativistic Jet Toward Earth

The collision of a dying star with a supermassive black hole results in a spectacular optical flare, which astronomers have discovered. What occurs when a dying star approaches a supermassive black hole too closely? Astronomer Igor Andreoni from the University of Maryland (UMD) claims that the following things take place: The star is initially severely […]