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NASA watches black hole snack on destroyed star’s corpse

Astronomers have observed a massive black hole as it consumes the remains of a star that wandered too close, witnessing the formation of a hot gas halo in unprecedented detail. 

As the black hole, which sits at the heart of a galaxy located 250 million light-years away, feasted on the star’s remains, scientists noticed a dramatic rise in high-energy X-ray light. These emissions indicated that as the material is pulled towards the black hole it forms an extremely hot structure of plasma over the black hole called a “corona.”

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