Space telescope eRosita observes its first stellar destructions by black holes

German telescope eRosita on board german-russian observatory Spektr-RG detected its first tidal disruption events (TDEs). They occur when star gets too close to a black hole, and gets destroyed by its intense gravity. The material from the star then goes to an accretion disc which generates intense radiation, that was detected by eRosite telescope.

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missions icon Spektr-RG 13. 7. 2019 Ongoing



eRosita operates in orbit for 2 years and has already detected multiple transient events. 13 of those were confirmed by other observatories as TDEs.

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