Supermassive black hole rips star apart (simulation)

This simulation shows a star getting torn apart by the gravitational tides of a supermassive black hole. The star gets “spaghettified” and after several orbits creates an accretion disc. Scientists believe that the superluminous ASASSN-15lh event originated in this way. The view on the right is from the side and that at the left face on.


ESO, ESA/Hubble, N. Stone, K. Hayasaki

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Release date:12 December 2016, 17:00
Related releases:eso1644
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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