Scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Johns Hopkins University report seeing a phenomenon we've all imagined: a black hole devouring a star.
A black hole at the center of a galaxy about 2.7 billion light-years away, one about the same size as the black hole at the center of our own Milky Way, was observed sucking the life out of a star.
Interestingly, the scientists who observed the black hole's meal compared it to a shark: neither, says Ryan Chornock of Harvard-Smithsonian, are unstoppable eating machines. Black holes actually lie dormant for long periods of time, until a space object passes a little too close--and then it pounces, which can set off a feeding frenzy. This particular star, probably a red giant, had already once passed too close to the black hole, losing everything but its core.
The team monitored the black hole by noticing that when the black hole pulls in gaseous material from around a larger object like a star, it superheats that material so it glows very brightly--which can be monitored with a system like the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), which is easier than building a telescope the size of planet Earth. The image above is a computer simulation of just that.
This image is a computer simulation of an event that never happened. The astronomers reportedly saw something that they imagined in their heads because they have never really seen black holes devouring anything. What if black holes are fiction, just like dark energy/matter? Check out The Electric Universe by Wal Thornhill or The Electric Sun by Dr. Donald Scott, watch the video. Dont be misled by the fake science of these fake physicists (who live off of govt handouts and tax payers' money).
Once again PopSci has done the ol' switcheroo, making up a news article about fake stuff with a computer simulated image or artist rendering.
@pkp2012 Are you kidding me, I read some of the things on The Electric Universe by Wal Thornhill and I am now convinced that it is even worse and more pathetic than this article. Talk about faulty and insufficient proof. What a joke.