ASASSN-14li: X-Ray Telescopes Catch Supermassive Black Hole Shredding Star to Pieces

Using a trio of X-ray telescopes, astronomers have observed material being blown away from a supermassive black hole after it tore a star apart. The event is the closest so-called ‘tidal disruption’ discovered in ten years, and is described in a paper published this week in the journal Nature. When a star wanders too close [...] —> Read More