Cosmic slurp: Supercomputers help astronomers understand and predict how black holes swallow stars

A ‘tidal disruption’ occurs when a star orbits too close to a black hole and gets usurped. Researchers are using supercomputers to simulate tidal disruptions to better understand the dynamics of the process. Doing so will help astronomers find many more possible candidates of tidal disruptions in sky surveys and reveal details of how stars and black holes interact.

from Space & Time News — ScienceDaily http://ift.tt/1jGWzaY

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