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Rare cosmic event beamed light at Earth from 8.5 billion light-years away


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Rare cosmic event beamed light at Earth from 8.5 billion light-years away

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An incredibly bright flash that appeared in the night sky in February was the result of a star straying too close to a supermassive black hole, meeting its untimely end there as it was ripped to shreds.

But the rare cosmic event actually occurred 8.5 billion light years away from Earth, when the universe was just a third of its current age — and it has created more questions than answers.

And we just now (well in February 2022) saw it. WOW.

 

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When a star is torn apart by a black hole’s gravitational tidal forces, it’s known as a tidal disruption event. Astronomers have observed such violent events before, but AT 2022cmc is brighter than any previously discovered. It’s also the most distant ever observed.

Interesting to know.

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