Closest Black Hole Eating Star Detected by Astronomers.


MIT astronomers have discovered the closest tidal disruption event (TDE) to date using infrared data in the NGC 7392 galaxy, located about 137 million light-years from Earth. This suggests that traditional X-ray and optical surveys may have missed TDEs in star-forming galaxies due to the presence of dust that obscures the light.

By searching in the infrared band, more previously hidden TDEs in active, star-forming galaxies can be revealed, offering a more complete picture of black holes and their host galaxies. The team determined that the TDE occurred in a young, star-forming galaxy, and that traditional surveys could have missed it due to the dust that absorbed the radiation and gave off infrared energy.

With the new discovery, astronomers can gain a better understanding of TDEs and the relationship between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies.

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