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IN Science & Technology ON 29 Nov, 2015
For the first time, astronomers have photographed the never-before phenomena of the black hole absorbing a star, and then spitting back a part of it. The unusual occurrence has stunned those who study the extra-terrestrial world of space.
The astronomers tracked a star , which got deviated from its path into a massive black hole.
Researchers have long been capturing and observing the black hole that ate everything up. But, this time, the hot flare that came out of it, is captured as well.
"These events are extremely rare. It's the first time we see everything from the stellar destruction followed by the launch of a conical outflow, also called a jet, and we watched it unfold over several months. Previous efforts to find evidence for these jets, including my own, were late to the game", said Sjoert van Velzen, the leader of the analysis.
The team came to know about the star being eaten by Twitter in December last year. Just after that, Van Velzen used radio telescopes to capture those after-effects.
Our understanding of the black hole has enhanced, but still there's a long way to go, Van Velzen summed it up as being "beautifully complicated".
Black holes are perceived to be existing at the end of each galaxy. This one, though, was towards the end of the smaller spectrum, big enough to eat a star.