Tidal disruption of stars by black holes of 106–108 solar masses in nearby galaxies

  title={Tidal disruption of stars by black holes of 106–108 solar masses in nearby galaxies},
  author={Martin J. Rees},
  • M. Rees
  • Published 9 June 1988
  • Physics
  • Nature
Stars in galactic nuclei can be captured or tidally disrupted by a central black hole. Some debris would be ejected at high speed', the remainder would be swallowed by the hole, causing a bright flare lasting at most a few years. Such phenomena are compatible with the presence of 106–108 M⊙ holes in the nuclei of many nearby galaxies. Stellar disruption may have interesting consequences in our own Galactic Centre if a ∼106 M⊙ hole lurks there. 

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