Powerful cosmic blast as black hole shreds star

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    Astronomers have spied a star's swan song as it is shredded by a black hole.
    Researchers suspect that the star wandered too close to the black hole and got sucked in by the huge gravitational forces.
    The star's final moments sent a flash of radiation hurtling towards Earth.
    The energy burst is still visible by telescope more than two-and-a-half months later, the researchers report in the journal Science.

    Cool!

    BBC News - Powerful cosmic blast as black hole shreds star
     
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    Black holes, brown dwarfs, sun storms. Anyone bringing marshmallows ?
     
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    What a refreshing relief to get real science news
     
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    Christ, thank god, I thought this was another Wiener thread.....
     
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    Black holes were first postulated by Einsteins General Theory of Relativity. I was watching Michio Kaku discuss the rigorous testing of this theory and he said that all of its premises have proved correct. If there was even one data point that was not borne out by testing they would have had to discard the entire theory.
     
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    Too bad that sentiment isn't carried throughout the entire scientific community.
     
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    Why? Did they create a black hole in a lab? How do you know they even exist, otherwise? Faith? :cool:
     
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    They still don't KNOW that they exist, real physicists have the training and lack the required perverted dogma and arrogance to call it "Settled science".

    It fits all the data points and unlike ever showing how a 200PPM increase in CO2 raises temperatures by 5-7 degrees, general relativity has succeeded every time its been tested.
     

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