September 01, 2011
“Astronomers watch as NASA telescope
captures rare event”
Another "first" is experienced by astronomers in this rich, expansive era of scientific discovery and accelerated human consciousness development.
From the DailyMailUK online, story by Gareth Finighan and Claire Bates:
"A stunning cosmic jet from a super-massive black hole which shredded then swallowed a star has been observed by astronomers for the first time."
Occurring only once every 100 million years, "The extremely rare phenomenon caused by stellar debris being consumed by the hole has never been observed before."
...Most galaxies have super-massive black holes - regions of space that suck in everything nearby with their strong gravitation pull - at their core, with masses of millions or even billions of suns. Scientists were first alerted to the phenomenon in March after NASA's Swift telescope detected several bursts of X-rays from a quiet patch of sky.
Teams from both Pennsylvania State University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said the bursts could be the remnants of a star pulled apart when it came too close to a black hole located 3.9 billion light years away.
Dr David Burrows, from Pennsylvania State University which controls Swift, said chemical analysis of the bright flash's ultraviolet light show it comes from material being sucked into a black hole the size of a million suns.
Writing in Nature, they concluded that the Swift satellite just happened to be in the path of the jet of star remains that were shot out at 99.5 per cent the speed of light.
Dr Burrows said: 'Incredibly, this source is still producing X-rays and may remain bright enough for the Swift satellite to observe into next year. It behaves unlike anything we've seen before.'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2029731/Super-massive-black-hole-caught-shredding-star-pieces-time.html#ixzz1WfFfX6Kd" target="_blank">See full source article here.
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