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April 10, 2011

Newly Merged Black Hole Eagerly Shreds Stars

Black holes can collide with each other and form an even larger black hole which can be a "monster" that eats up a numerous amount of stars. A black hole can eat up these stars through its crazy gravitational power. When two black holes are going to collide the gravitational power sends out waves and the waves are extended strongly in one specific direction leaving a weaker gravitational side. The unequal balance of gravity pushes the blackhole in the opposite direction (towards the weaker side) and allows the black hole to take off eating up all of the other stars. While the black hole is eating up the stars it is glowing brighter than a star! Scientists today are studying the kick of black holes to learn more about "cosmic expansion" which could unveil important information!

This is very interesting yet kind of scary! Black holes are so aggressive and when they come together with one another it is a wicked event!

For the whole article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110408124301.htm

Posted by melmccor at April 10, 2011 12:49 PM

Comments

Studying the interactions between black holes is an important investigation. Although we are aware of the immense power and energy that exists within a black hole, we still know relatively little about how black holes operate and interact with each other. The idea of two black holes teaming up and eating up stars is truly min-blowing. I wonder if a black hole can consume larger entities like entire galaxies...Does the black hole expand when it eats up new things? Is there a limit to the capacity of what it can hold? This is quite the crazy concept, I am interested to learn more about black holes in the future.

Posted by: sarahwiz at April 15, 2011 11:44 PM

Black holes are so interesting! The part about it shining brighter than the stars it is consuming especially interested me. How is it possible that a black hole can shine? I wish we had spent more time on black holes in class, they truly are fascinating.

Posted by: ecfo at April 18, 2011 12:57 AM

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