Double-Peak and Destroy: Accretion in a Tidal Disruption Event Reveals Itself

Double-Peak and Destroy: Accretion in a Tidal Disruption Event Reveals Itself

We know that supermassive black holes consume almost anything that comes near them. But have you ever wondered how we know when or what they are devouring? Today’s paper provides an answer to that question as the author’s present the first confident detection of an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole following the tidal disruption of a star. Find out what astronomers see when a supermassive black hole has star for lunch!

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