Astronomers witness 18 ravenous black holes ripping up and devouring stars

It’s a cosmic jungle out there for stars that venture too close to black holes. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found 18 new examples of black holes that are ripping apart stars and feasting upon their remains. 

This result more than doubles the number of gruesome, star-shredding Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs) seen in the local universe. The findings could help astronomers better estimate the number of TDEs occurring across the universe, bringing the rate closer to theoretical predictions.

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