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Nasa images of a super-massive black hole swallowing a star

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black-holeNASA scientists have released the world's first images of a black hole devouring a star.

The event took place in a galaxy 3.9 million light years away.

 

Experts captured the extraordinary pictures after a powerful Nasa telescope detected intense X-ray flares there.

They were caused when the sun-like star plunged too near its galaxy's central black hole.

Black holes have a powerful gravitational pull that sucks things in and devours them.

The researchers were led by Professor David Burrows of Pennsylvania State University, US.

He told UK scientific journal Nature: "Incredibly, this source is still producing X-rays.

"It behaves unlike anything we have ever seen before."

 

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