May 26, 2017

Astronomers witness star’s death, birth of new black hole

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May 25 (UPI) — In 2015, a star tracked by astronomers since 2009, suddenly disappeared. New research suggests the star collapsed and became a black hole, but avoided the explosive violence of a supernova.

The discovery, detailed in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, could explain why many of the universe’s most massive stars die without a parting explosion.

“The typical view is that a star can form a black hole only after it goes supernova,” Christopher Kochanek, professor of astronomy at Ohio State University, said in a news release. “If a star can fall short of a supernova and still make a black hole, that would help to explain why we don’t see supernovae from the most massive stars.”

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