Baby photos from the ultimate edge - a black hole
Pretty dadgum cool.
In the past 30 years since this star exploded, this baby black hole has eaten about the equivalent of the Earth in mass, which is about as big as black hole appetites can get, said Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb.
“It’s the first time we’re seeing a black hole being born in a normal supernova,” Loeb said. “We’re able to learn about environments that cannot be reproduced in the lab and can only be observed in the universe.”
Read the whole thing. There’s also an image at the link.
And here’s a NASA animation showing how a black hole forms.