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Release No.: 2020-27
For Release: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 8:00am

Scientists Get Front-Row Seats to Star's Death by Spaghettification

This illustration depicts a star (in the foreground) experiencing spaghettification as it's sucked in by a supermassive black hole (in the background) 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.

Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

location of AT2019qiz in the constellation of Eridanus

This chart shows the location of AT2019qiz, a tidal disruption event, in the constellation of Eridanus. The map includes most of the stars visible to the unaided eye under good conditions, and the location of AT2019qiz is indicated by a red circle.

Credit: ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

sky around the location of AT2019qiz

This image shows the sky around the location of AT2019qiz, at the very centre of the frame. This picture was created from images in the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin