Black Hole Rips a Cosmic ‘Burp’ as It Swallows a Star

Black holes aren’t exactly polite eaters.

For the first time, scientists observed a black hole both devouring a star and ripping a plasma ‘burp’ as it consumed its meal — an incredibly rare find. Scientists have previously seen a black hole consume a star, and they’ve also seen black holes spew superheated matter, but this is the first time they’ve seen both events occur so closely together. Viewing this particular disappearing act at the center of a nearby galaxy has shed light on a prev

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