Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
ANALYSIS: Supermassive Black Hole Jet Mystery Solved
For any given galaxy, it is estimated that a star will be destroyed by the central supermassive black hole approximately once every 10,000 years. The vast majority of known galaxies are thought to contain at least one supermassive black hole in their cores, having a dramatic effect on galactic and stellar evolution.
As a star drifts too close to a supermassive black hole, intense tidal stresses rip the star to shreds. As this happens, the shredded material will be dragged into the black hole's accretion disk - a hot disk of gas that is gradually pulled into the black hole's event horizon, bulking up the black hole's mass, or blasted as energetic jets from its poles.
Should there be a rapid injection of material - i.e. a star becoming blended and ingested into the accretion disk - powerful X-rays of a specific signature will be generated.