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May 2, 2012 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-18

Black Hole Caught Red-handed in a Stellar Homicide

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Image: Simulation of Black Hole Flare

Simulation of Black Hole FlareSTScI-PRC2012-18a

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This computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space. Astronomers observed a flare in ultraviolet and optical light from the gas falling into the black hole and glowing helium from the stars's helium-rich gas expelled from the system.

To see the computer simulation movie, visit: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/18/video/

Image Type: Scientific Visualization

Credit: NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

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