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

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


Date: 31 March 2020
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser, CC BY 4.0

This artist's impression depicts a star being torn apart by an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH), surrounded by an accretion disc. This thin, rotating disc of material consists of the leftovers of a star which was ripped apart by the tidal forces of the black hole.

 
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Last Update: 31 March 2020
1-Jun-2020 14:28 UT

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