Asset Publisher

Supermassive black hole with torn-apart star (artist's impression)

Supermassive black hole with torn-apart star (artist's impression)


Date: 11 December 2016
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: ASASSN-15lh
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, ESO, M. Kornmesser

This artist's impression depicts a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disc. This thin disc of rotating material consists of the leftovers of a Sun-like star which was ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole. Shocks in the colliding debris as well as heat generated in accretion led to a burst of light, resembling a supernova explosion.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Dec-2021 09:16 UT

ShortUrl Portlet

Shortcut URL

https://sci.esa.int/s/8zKZRjA

Related Images

Related Videos

Caption & Press Release

Related Publications

Related Links

Documentation