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University of California - Santa Cruz

Disk Formation

Caption: Computer simulation of the disruption of a star by a black hole shows the formation of an "accretion disk" of stellar material spiraling into the black hole. This image shows an early stage in the formation of the disk.

Credit: James Guillochon

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