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Scientists just saw a black hole eat a star and spit some of it back out for the first time ever

The researchers ruled out the possibility that the light being beamed out was from something called an ‘accretion disk’, which forms when a black hole is sucking up matter from space, and that then supported the hypothesis that the jet was indeed from a sucked up star.

“The destruction of a star by a black hole is beautifully complicated, and far from understood,” said van Velzen. “From our observations, we learn the streams of stellar debris can organise and make a jet rather quickly, which is valuable input for constructing a complete theory of these events.”

There’s still a lot we have to learn about how black holes work, but we’re making progress, and that’s pretty cool.