Star survives spaghettification by black hole

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A captured star has experienced multiple close encounters with a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy — and may even have survived as material was ripped away by immense tidal forces.

The destruction of a old by the gravitational forces of a supermassive black hole is a violent affair known as the Tidal Disruption Event (TDE). Gas is ripped from the star and undergoes “spaghettification,” where it is crushed and stretched into streams of hot material that flow around the star black hole, forming a temporary and very bright accretion disk. In our view, the center is the galaxy hosting the supermassive black hole appears to be flickering.

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