When a star wanders too close to a black hole, immense gravitational forces begin to rip it apart in an epic cosmic slaying called a “tidal disruption event.” This is what's happening in the picture above. Click through for more on this beautiful and devastating cosmic event.
Three and a half billion light years away in the Virgo constellation, two supermassive black holes are on the verge of smacking into one another. In 100,000 years, their cosmic collision will send ripples across the fabric of spacetime. Read More >>
Astrophysicists at Caltech say they’ve detected the oldest, most distant galaxy known so far. It’s 13.2 billion years old — just over half a billion years younger than the universe itself. Read More >>
You’d probably get upset if somebody ran smack into you on the street, or ploughed into your car. Whatever sort of fuss you’d raise pales miserably in comparred cosmic scream of supermassive black holes when their host galaxies collide.
Astronomers are calling it the “Nasty 1,” but the hefty, rapidly ageing star that shines in the centre of the image above sure is beautiful. That's because it's being devoured by its companion, in a manner of speaking Read More >>