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A star is torn

Black hole’s stellar feast caught by telescopes

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4:31pm, May 2, 2012

Note to stars: When circling a black hole, exercise caution. Stray too close and something unfortunate might happen. See accompanying illustration for details.

In spring 2010, NASA’s orbiting Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the ground-based Pan-STARRS telescope observed a suspicious brightening around a supermassive black hole parked more than 2 billion light-years from Earth. Over the next few months, the flare continued increasing in brightness &mdas

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