The first space explosion of its kind, super powerful, can be attributed to a devastating black hole

An example of an entirely new type of cosmic explosion that vastly outnumbers most supernovae could be the result of a small or medium-sized black hole destroying a star.

Astronomers watched the explosion, dubbed AT2022aedm, erupt from a red galaxy located about 2 billion light-years from Earth using ATLAS’ network of robotic telescopes located in Hawaii, Chile and South Africa. It was quickly recognized as something it had never seen before.

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