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Black Hole Caught in Act of Swallowing Star

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For the first time, a black hole has been caught in the act of tearing apart and swallowing a star that got too close.

Scientists, who until now had witnessed only the aftermath of such events, say the observation is shedding light on "relativistic jets," bursts of matter that shoot out at nearly the speed of light.

At the centers of virtually all large galaxies are supermassive black holes. These monsters, which are millions to billions of times the mass of the sun, can rip apart passers-by, gravitationally pulling at stars in gigantic versions of how our moon tugs on Earth's oceans to generate tides.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Typical of scientists who need something - anything, please - to back up some of their unprovable claims.

The video explains that a black hole was spewing some matter out of itself. Because scientists can't come to grips with the idea that they have no idea what was happening, they have expressed that the spewing was the result of the black hole first eating a star. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO VIEWING OF, OR EVIDENCE OF, THE BLACK HOLE SUCKING IN A STAR. That idea was totally made up by the scientists. Science fiction being touted as fact.


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