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collapsing star gives birth to a black hole

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collapsing star gives birth to a black hole

astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. it took the combined power of the large binocular telescope (lbt), and nasa's hubble and spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the vanquished star, only to find that it disappeared out of sight. it went out with a whimper instead of a bang. the star, which was 25 times as massive as our sun, should have exploded in a very bright supernova. instead, it fizzled out--and then left behind a black hole. "massive fails" like this one in a nearby galaxy could explain why astronomers rarely see supernovae from the most massive stars, said christopher kochanek, professor of astronomy at...