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A Rapidly Spinning Black Hole Was Seen Killing a Distant Star

Once thought to be the brightest supernova ever recorded, the intense flash in the center of a distant galaxy has more sinister roots: It was a star being blended by a monster black hole. Supermassive black holes are known to occupy the cores of the vast majority of galaxies, eating any material — dust, gas, stars, planets, aliens — their host galaxies can provide. But they rarely eat quietly. As graphically demonstrated in a galaxy some 4 billion light-years away, an unfortunate star strayed too close to the rapidly-spinning supermassive black hole in its galaxy’s center, becoming a stellar smoothie of sorts. Continue reading A Rapidly Spinning Black Hole Was Seen Killing a Distant Star