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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

May 2, 2012: Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii were the first to the scene of the crime, helping to identify the stellar remains.

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Illustration Credit: NASA, S. Gezari (JHU), and J. Guillochon (UC Santa Cruz)

Science Credit: NASA, S. Gezari (JHU), A. Rest (STScI), and R. Chornock (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)