'For we walk by faith, not by sight.' II Corinthians 5:7
Posted 19 February 2004 - 01:50 PM
By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer
Updated: 3:26 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2004Black holes will eat just about anything, and now astronomers have confirmed that stars are on their menus.
Observations from three space-based X-ray telescopes over about a decade provide the first solid evidence of a star being torn apart and partly swallowed by a black hole.
This artist's illustration of the RX J1242-11 system depicts the catastrophic destruction of a star (orange circle) that wandered too close to a supermassive black hole may have occurred. Some of the stellar material was sucked into the black hole, but most of it was flung into the surrounding galaxy.