Illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare.
Illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. NASA/JPL-Caltech Handout
Illustration shows a glowing stream of material from a star as it is being devoured by a supermassive black hole in a tidal disruption flare. NASA/JPL-Caltech Handout