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Scientists Record Signal of Distant Black Hole Consuming Star 42

Posted by Soulskill
from the om-nom-nom dept.
ananyo writes "Astronomers think they have seen the flare of a dying star being eviscerated by a black hole. The signal, spotted by three different satellites, could shed light on the relationship between the smaller black holes seen in our own galaxy and the supermassive ones in distant reaches of the Universe. The stellar victim was first seen in 2011 by Swift, a NASA satellite designed to spot bursts of high-energy photons known as gamma-rays. For more than a month, Swift watched a signal from a distant galaxy, which eventually faded from view. Subsequent analysis showed that the gamma-rays probably came from a star being ripped to pieces by a previously unknown black hole (abstract)."
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Scientists Record Signal of Distant Black Hole Consuming Star

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  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Friday August 03, 2012 @11:55AM (#40869769)
    It wasn't a black hole, it was a hipster hole... You probably didn't know about it until now.
  • I wish astronomers would stop training their telescopes on the activities in this region.
  • Or just a few lightyears away in the center of our own galaxy.

  • nom nom nom (Score:2, Redundant)

    burp!

  • by Captain Spam (66120) on Friday August 03, 2012 @12:06PM (#40869921) Homepage

    Just to clarify, in case anyone jumped to the same conclusion I did at first:

    Scientists Record Signal Of Distant Black Hole Consuming A Star

    Not:

    Scientists Record Signal Of Distant Black-Hole-Consuming Star

    Minor difference.

    • Scientists Record Signal Of Distant Black-Hole-Consuming Star

      A while back I was watching some show on astronomy (might have been The Universe on the history channel) where they talking about stellar deaths and stellar collisions. One of the scenarios was a neutron star (possibly a white dwarf I don't remember) passing through a regular start and resulting in a super nova.

  • by RenderSeven (938535) on Friday August 03, 2012 @12:45PM (#40870445)
    "Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when asked to comment, suggested that consuming whole stars is a major cause of black hole obesity and that he is introducing legislation to limit black hole consumption to dwarf stars and interstellar gasses. Local law enforcement expressed skepticism that the ban could enforced, since the black holes are "a bajillion light years out of our jurisdiction" but Bloomberg was adamant that "if we can save even one black hole from a life of obesity and health issues then we have an obligation to act no matter what the cost".
    • by Sulphur (1548251)

      "Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when asked to comment, suggested that consuming whole stars is a major cause of black hole obesity and that he is introducing legislation to limit black hole consumption to dwarf stars and interstellar gasses. Local law enforcement expressed skepticism that the ban could enforced, since the black holes are "a bajillion light years out of our jurisdiction" but Bloomberg was adamant that "if we can save even one black hole from a life of obesity and health issues then we have an obligation to act no matter what the cost".

      Dwarf stars are like a drug to black holes. He is warming up to the drug challenge which he will take on next.

  • by Anonymous Coward

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    • Oh sure. Thats something that Obama would say. In Soviet Russia jokes bad snarky YOU! And you left out a comma. Stupid Nazi AC Troll. Did I mention goat.se?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Posted for three hours, and now it is nothing but bad snarky jokes, grammar complaints, political commentary, and post content complaints.
  • The translated text from the signal.

  • Was it something like millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced?

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