Gory’s simulation reconstructs the violent collision between a monstrous black hole and a doomed star

Gory’s simulation reconstructs the violent collision between a monstrous black hole and a doomed star

Scientists have used sophisticated simulations to reconstruct the brutal death of a star that wandered too close to a supermassive black hole and was torn into bits.

The team, led by researchers from the Rakah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, retold the full story of the so-called tidal disturbance event (TDE) for the first time, and witnessed a previously unknown type of shock wave occurring during the bloody process. They also found that the dissipation of these shock waves led to an exceptionally intense glow during the brightest weeks of the event.

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