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A supermassive black hole’s every bite is captured

The system known as Arp 299 which consists of a pair of galaxies

A pair of colliding galaxies known as Arp 299 includes a star in the midst of being shredded by a black hole. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage/STScI/AURA/A. Evans

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Nature 558, 347 (2018)




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