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Super-distant black hole eats half a sun a year and blasts its remains back to Earth

Astronomers have made the most distant sighting of a black hole tearing apart a star and feasting on it, thanks to a jet of stellar “remnants” hurled directly at Earth.

Because the jet is aimed directly at Earth, the violent destruction of the star by this black hole, which astronomers call a tidal disturbance event (TDE), was observable in visible light. The discovery could therefore signal a new way to observe these extreme events that are usually only detected in high-energy light, such as gamma rays and X-rays.

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