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[Slashdot] - A Black Hole Feasted on a Neutron Star. 10 Days Later, It Happened Again.

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In January last year, astronomers definitively observed, for the first time, a black hole swallowing a dead star, like a raven devouring roadkill. Then 10 days later, they saw the same act of scavenging happen again in a different, distant sector of the cosmos. From a report: Those triumphs, reported in a paper published on Tuesday in Astrophysical Journal Letters, are the latest in the still nascent field of gravitational astronomy, which is detecting the literal stretching and scrunching of space-time caused by some of the most cataclysmic events in the universe. "It's the first time that we've actually been able to detect a neutron star and a black hole colliding with each other anywhere in the universe," said Patrick Brady, a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who serves as the spokesman for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Further reading: For the first time, astronomers see a black hole eating a neutron star.

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