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Accretion by a Supermassive Black Hole
24" x 18"
Photographic Print

This image shows the aftermath of the accretion of a star by a supermassive black hole Black holes such as these lurk at the centres of many if not all galaxies and can weight in at anything from a few tens of thousands to several billion times the mass of a single star The star has been completely destroyed its gasses mingling inside the giant accretion disc with those of previous stars which met the same fateMark GarlickScience Photo Library