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Queen’s scientists observe star being sucked into massive black hole

Scientists from Queen’s University in Belfast have discovered a massive black hole in a distant galaxy that is drawing a star into its gravitational vortex.

The QUB team worked with scientists at the The John Hopkins University in the USA have found a mass that “weighs millions to billions times more than the sun”.

The local astronomers, who have urged mankind not to worry however, as it is some 2.7billion light years away, made the stellar discovery using ground and space-based telescopes.

Professor Stephen Smartt from the university’s Astrophysics Research Centre said these star ‘murders’ have been seen before but this is the first time such a ‘victim’ has been identified.

“What we’re seeing is a star being shredded by a monster blackhole,” according to the Daily Mirror.

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