Rxj1242 xray



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English: A Chandra image of RX J1242-11 obtained on 2001 March 9 shows a single point source in blue. This source is about 200 times fainter than it was when observed with ROSAT 9 years earlier, making it one of the most extreme variability events ever detected in a galaxy. This variability, combined with the extreme brightness of the ROSAT source, and the position of the Chandra source in the middle of a galaxy all point to one explanation, that observers have witnessed accretion onto a supermassive black hole from the debris of a star that was torn apart by tidal forces.
Date 2001(2001)
Source http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/rxj1242/more.html
Author NASA/Chandra X-Ray Observatory


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