Universe  ID: 12621

Star Gives Birth to Possible Black Hole in Hubble and Spitzer Images

A team of astronomers at The Ohio State University watched a star disappear and possibly become a black hole. Instead of becoming a black hole through the expected process of a supernova, the black hole candidate formed through a "failed supernova." The team used NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes and the Large Binocular Telescope to observe and monitor the star throughout the past decade. If confirmed, this would be the first time anyone has witnessed the birth of a black hole and the first discovery of a failed supernova.

Read the NASA web feature here.

Find the full image release package at HubbleSite.org.

Read the full science paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Katrina Jackson (USRA)

Walt Feimer (KBRwyle)

Scott Adams (Caltech)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center