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Contact: Tim Stephens
University of California - Santa Cruz

Tidal Disruption

Caption: When a star first encounters a black hole, tidal forces stretch the star into an elongated blob before tearing it apart, as seen in these images from a computer simulation.

Credit: James Guillochon

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