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NASA video: Distant black hole rips star apart

August 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
NASA says a distant black hole ripped a star apart, and that cosmic accident has sent radiation streaming toward Earth.

NASA's swift orbital telescope captured an increase of X-rays from deep space in March.

Scientists say it was a "supermassive" black hole with a mass a million times that of our sun, destroying a star.

The animation shows the star plunging into the black hole of a galaxy nearly four billion light years away. The black hole's strong tidal forces ripped the star apart.

NASA says the cosmic accident has been streaming radiation toward Earth since March.