Watch What Happens When a Star Meets a Black Hole

Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:21PM
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Monday, 17 April 2017 - 12:21PM
Watch What Happens When a Star Meets a Black Hole
Ever since Soundgarden's hit song, people have wondered what a "black hole sun" would look like. And the answer is actually pretty breathtaking—check out the video below, which is a simulation of what happens when a star gets too close to the event horizon of a black hole:



What you're seeing when the star gets ripped apart is a phenomenon called a "tidal disruption event," where the tidal forces of the black hole start pulling the star into its center through a process called—and we're not making this up—"spaghettification." One of the most cataclysmic, powerful phenomena in the universe has the moniker "the noodle effect." To be honest, though, the way Neil DeGrasse Tyson describes living through it is pretty terrifying:



There's actually a great graphic novel by Jeff Lemire called Trillium that deals with black holes and astronauts experiencing spaghettification, along with time travel and parallel dimensions. Either way, one of the most essential ProTips in the universe remains the same: don't screw around with black holes.
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