Artist’s impression of star being tidally disrupted by a supermassive black hole

This illustration depicts a star (in the foreground) experiencing spaghettification as it’s sucked in by a supermassive black hole (in the background) during a ‘tidal disruption event’. In a new study, done with the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope and ESO’s New Technology Telescope, a team of astronomers found that when a black hole devours a star, it can launch a powerful blast of material outwards.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso2018a
Type:Artwork
Release date:12 October 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2018
Size:4800 x 2910 px

About the Object

Name:AT2019qiz
Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Category:Illustrations
Quasars and Black Holes

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