Death by spaghettification: artistic animation of star being tidally disrupted by a black hole

This animation depicts a star experiencing spaghettification as it’s sucked in by a supermassive black hole during a ‘tidal disruption event’. In a new study, done with the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope and ESO’s New Technology Telescope, a team of astronomers found that when a black hole devours a star, it can launch a powerful blast of material outwards.


ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Release date:12 October 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2018
Duration:24 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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