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Black Hole Meltdown

Video Credit: ESO and SpaceRip      Sent in by: dl

Black hole extravaganza from ESOcast. Not long ago, watching something being ripped apart as it falls towards a giant black hole would be science fiction. This is now reality.

With large telescopes, astronomers can then see in detail the swarm of stars circling the supermassive black hole, in the same way that the Earth orbits the Sun. Our Galactic Center harbors the closest supermassive black hole known.