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Astrophysics: NASA Telescope Sees Black Hole Munch on a Star

"A giant black hole has been caught red-handed dipping into a cosmic cookie jar of stars" -- NASA: no vivid writing, please -- "by NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. This is the first time astronomers have seen the whole process of a black hole eating a star, from its first to nearly final bites. 'This type of event is very rare, so we are lucky to study the entire process from beginning to end,' said Dr. Suvi Gezari of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. Gezari is lead author of a new paper appearing in the Dec. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters."

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