When a Star Wanders Too Close to a Black Hole, Showing Violent Events in Galaxy
A black hole is an empty space packed with matter, like a star ten times more massive than the Sun squeezed in diameter
it has become a gravitational field so strong that nothing can escape,
in 2019, they unexpectedly observed for the first time the nearest example to date of a star being shredded after approaching too close to a massive black hole.
, astronomers in the past usually just observed a handful of TDEs.
In 2020, astronomers presented 39 TDEs to the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu,
When a black hole swallows approaching stars, it shreds them into strands like spaghetti
The first TDEs were spotted in the 1990s using an X-ray mapping satellite. But today, astronomers use optical surveys