Scientists capture star’s ’screams’

August 9th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 8 (IANS) The “screams” of a dying star have been recorded by scientists for the very first time, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The star let out periodic bursts of light as it was devoured by a black hole, scientists discovered.

Researchers at the University of Michigan picked up semi-regular blips - which they have likened to dying screams - in the light of the star 3.9 billion light years away in the direction of the constellation Draco on orbiting X-ray telescopes.

The blips, scientifically known as “quasi-periodic oscillations”, occurred steadily every 200 seconds until disappearing completely.

They are believed to emanate from material about to be sucked in to a black hole, according to the newspaper.

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