A few days ago astronomers announced that they saw, for the first time, a star in the process of being swallowed by a supermassive black hole. Aside from thinking pictures of deep space had pretty colors, I’ve never cared much about what was going on in the great “out there”. But something about the story and the accompanying pictures has had me hooked and now you get to share in the total awesomeness that are supermassive black holes. Seriously. Not only do they eat stars, but they form fantastic light shows in the process.
Here’s a good article to read about it. I predict that supermassive black holes will be the new “it” thing in the news. Mostly because it’s cool to say it, and because of Muse’s out-of-this-world adaptation of the same name … it’s been stuck in my head since I read the original article.
So look at these really fun pictures – some are actual images from the Hubble telescope, others are artist’s conceptions, and there are a few composite X-Ray images. You’ll fall in love.
There are so many more cool black hole and general outer space images back at Newscom. Check them out!
You can also read these other cool Newscom blog posts: