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Are black holes really the cookie monsters of the universe?

  1. Dec 3, 2011 #1
    http://whoknew.news.yahoo.com/who-knew/black-holes-27425876.html [Broken]
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  3. Dec 3, 2011 #2


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    This is a public service:

    1] Blurb: "For the first time, scientists spotted a black hole devouring a star in a distant galaxy. One of the rarest astronomical events, it's believed to happen only about once per 100,000 years per galaxy." That is the ENTIRE written content of the link.

    2] It's a video "news" article.

    3] It's content-free.

    The BH is named Swift-J 1644+57 if anyone wants to read up on it.

    clearwater, please, in the future supply an explanation, not just an inscrutable link.
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  4. Dec 4, 2011 #3


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    FYI, a neutron star would induce similar effects on it's scale. They can and do rip matter from other stars and have their own accretion discs. The only thing special about a black hole is that they are more massive and compacted into an area of space small enough so it that causes them to have an event horizon where light cannot escape once inside it.
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