What happens when a star falls into a black hole?

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Astronomers have caught their best glimpse yet of a star being ripped to pieces by a supermassive black hole.

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« Last Edit: 03/05/2012 21:44:02 by _system »

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Re: What happens when a star falls into a black hole?
« Reply #2 on: 06/05/2012 23:52:36 »
Interesting.   An important suggestion was that the star was a red giant.  however for the largest black holes and more normal sized stars it is quite possible for the star to be swallowed whole without a squeak and only be disrupted by the gravity gradient after it has crossed the main event horizon
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Re: What happens when a star falls into a black hole?
« Reply #3 on: 07/05/2012 00:07:23 »
Heh.

That was my initial response reading the question.
But you or someone else already stole my line.

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