Aug 3, 2012
After lurking in anticipation, the supermassive black hole reached out with its gravity and destroyed a passing star, which screamed a death tone that registered as an ultra-low D-sharp.
Named Swift J1644+57, the supermassive black hole is currently situated nearly 4 billion light-years away.
Initially, scientists believed the death signal coming from the black hole zone was an ordinary gamma-ray burst but, after closer observation, astronomers became shocked at the revelation of the star's scream every 3.5 minutes until it faded into silence.
"This discovery extends our reach to the innermost edge of a black hole located billions of light-years away, which is really amazing," said Assistant Professor Rubens C. Reis of the University of Michigan.
Overpowering tidal forces had attacked the wandering star as it neared the supermassive black hole and was killed and ripped apart amid temperatures of millions of degrees.
Space scientists determined the location of the violent screams was the brim of the black hole, where the effects of relativity can be most extreme.
A supermassive black hole is the largest type of black hole in a galaxy, as big as billions of solar masses, with a gravitational pull so powerful that nothing can escape, not even light.
Can an ultra-low D-sharp note be detected in the following video?
SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE