The hungry black hole turns the star into a cosmic doughnut

The hungry black hole turns the star into a cosmic doughnut

Astronomers have discovered a monstrous black hole with an appetite for food and a sweet tooth. The black hole unwraps an ill-fated star, spreading it out like candy and shaping the “remains” into a stellar donut the size of the solar system, before feasting on this cosmic confection.

The Automated All-Sky Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN or “Assassin”) first observed the violent incident, called a Tidal Disruption Event (TDE), in a flash of high-energy radiation. The celebration takes place in the heart of a galaxy 300 million light years away.

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