Star Falling into a Supermassive Black Hole (image) University of Texas at Austin Share Print E-Mail Caption This artist's impression shows a star crossing the event horizon of a supermassive black hole located in the center of a galaxy. The black hole is so large and massive that tidal effects on the star are negligible, and the star is swallowed whole. The effects of gravitational lensing distorting the light of the star are not shown here. Credit Mark A. Garlick/CfA Usage Restrictions Free for use with news stories; other commercial use prohibited. Free for personal use. 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.