Astronomers observe black hole 'spaghettification' of a star for the first time

"Tidal disruption event" occurs when black hole devours star

Updated: May 8, 2021 - 10:09pm

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Scientists recently recorded the first known direct observation of the "spaghettification" of a star by a black hole, a process by which the star is pulled apart and devoured by the massive astronomical object. 

The international team of astronomers, in a paper recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, describe having observed "the inner regions of a cooling accretion disc" from a star's being drawn into the immense gravity of the black hole. 

Stars being pulled apart by black holes can be "spaghettified" by them, a process by which the black hole pulls in a long trail of matter from the celestial body. 

The "tidal disruption event" results in an immense output of visible radiation, which the scientists record having spotted in the paper.