1/14/2023–|Last update: 14/1/202304:34 PM (Makkah)
In a rare moment, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to monitor the moment a black hole swallowed a star in space 300 million light-years away.
Yesterday, Friday, the US Space Agency (NASA) published a video clip that received millions of views, simulating the moment and recording the last moments of the star before it was swallowed by a black hole in a scene that is not repeated often except every 100,000 years.
AndNASA said in a statementThe star swallowed by the black hole is about 300 million light-years away from us, but the Hubble Space Telescope was able, using ultraviolet rays, to take pictures of the event and analyze them in order to form the full picture.
Astronomers using @NASAHubble have recorded a star’s final moments as it gets gobbled up by a black hole. Stellar shredding like this happens only a few times in every 100,000 years in any given galaxy with a supermassive black hole center: https://t.co/ZhZK4MRK1n #AAS241 pic.twitter.com/GWuL4wJVmF
— NASA (@NASA) January 13, 2023
It’s like a donut.
And the lenses of the Hubble telescope captured a huge amount of light and gas emitted and flowing in the form of a piece of cake or candy (Donuts), revolving in a circular motion around one of the black holes.
And the gravity of the black hole causes any star that approaches it to rupture, as the material that makes up the star disintegrates and then rotates very quickly around the black hole before it swallows part of it forever.
Rarely, this phenomenon called “tidal rupture” is accompanied by the emission of a particle-based burst of light, which comes from the star’s matter and is transient and travels at near-light speed.
NASA added that this event is an important opportunity for scientists to obtain a more accurate understanding of the nature of the work of black holes and closely monitor the astronomical phenomena associated with them.
News from #AAS241!
Hubble recorded a star’s final moments as it was ripped apart and eaten up by a black hole – getting twisted into a donut-like shape in the process.
Find out more: https://t.co/CEGLVP2Nly pic.twitter.com/QUbdp6RpNa
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) January 12, 2023
The Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into Earth orbit on April 24, 1990, is considered one of humanity’s most important astronomical achievements.
Hubble is still working in its orbit, which rises about 600 kilometers from the Earth, and completes one cycle around it every 100 minutes, and it has contributed greatly to the discovery of many facts about the universe around us.
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