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Feb10-12, 04:56 PM
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Quote Quote by DaveC426913 View Post
To be pedantic, the star will not near the EH as a star. Long before it gets near the BH, the star will be torn apart by tidal forces into a stream gas spiraling down to the BH (this is what you see in all the artist renditions), raging brightly in all EM frequencies (but especially X-rays) as it falls and compresses.
Thanks Dave,

which was exactly what I was describing with the Cygnus X-1 black hole in my first post :)