Scientists have watched matter falling into a black hole for the first time ever.
Explosively brilliant light produced from a black hole's gobbling of matter has reached telescopes through a fluke of physics called gravitational microlensing.
A transient phenomenon, gravitational microlensing is the curving of light around a star or galaxy due to the body's gravitational warping of space. In this case, the gravity acts like a lens that bends light from the distant black hole into a new focus for telescopes, temporarily magnifying the light source during an alignment of all the black hole, the massive object bending the light, and Earth.
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