Black Hole Caught Red-handed in a Stellar Homicide (image) University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center Share Print E-Mail Caption Somewhere in the cosmos an ordinary galaxy spins, seemingly at slumber. Then all of a sudden, WHAM! A flash of light explodes from the galaxy's center. A star orbiting too close to the event horizon of the galaxy's central supermassive black hole is torn apart by the force of gravity, heating up its gas and sending out a beacon to the far reaches of the universe. Credit NASA; S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University) and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz) Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.