Giant X-Ray Flash: A massive Black Hole disrupts a Star

Research report (imported) 2003 - Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics

Komossa, Stefanie
Röntgen- und Gammastrahlen-Astronomie (Dr. Peter Predehl)
MPI für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching
X-ray observatories have detected an energetic outburst of radiation from the nucleus of a galaxy. This is interpreted as the disruption of a star by a very massive Black Hole located at the center of the galaxy. Such an event to occur was predicted by theory since a long time, and its proof is of large interest for different branches of astrophysics.

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