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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

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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.

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