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Two Worlds Collided

Earlier this week, team leaders from different parts of the world collaborated to photograph a special and rare cosmic event, a tidal disruption event. A tidal disruption event, like the one photographed by scientists Seppo Mattila and Miguel Pérez-Torres, occurs after an unlucky star skirts the edge of the event horizon of a black hole.  Pieces of the star’s gaseous layers are slowly stripped away, and the material not absorbed into the black hole is spewed out in a stunning jet stream of stardust.