HomeAstronomyMeet 'Scary Barbie,' a black hole slaughtering a star

Meet ‘Scary Barbie,’ a black hole slaughtering a star

Astronomers have detected one of the longest, brightest and most energetic cosmic objects ever observed — and they’ve named it “Scary Barbie,” in part due to its terrifying power.

The remote object, an astonishingly bright flash of light that has lasted for more than two years, was discovered lurking inside an enormous data set gathered by computer-guided telescopes. The data revealed that Scary Barbie was born from the final death throes of a star being torn to shreds by a supermassive black hole.

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