Back in August, Stephen Hawking suggested there was a way to actually escape from the gravitational pull of a black hole. And it seems the universe just showed us another way you might be able to dodge the clutches of death by spacetime anomaly: Simply wait for the black hole to spit you back out.

Radio astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole — of which we have only observed about 20 of them — over 300 million light-years away, swallowing a star at the center of a nearby galaxy (yes, 300 million light-years is actually a short distance!). And better yet, the blackhole was spewing a chunk of hot flare — former remnants of the star — back out into the darkness of space.

Gnarly, ain’t it?

A supermassive black hole swallowing a star and ripping it apart like a piece of meat is an extremely rare event.

Even rarer is the chance for humans to observe this. Though this has been observed a few times before, scientists have never picked up this kind of radio signal of stellar matter jetting out from a black hole at this large of a magnitude. The findings have helped confirm previous theories about the way black holes feed on matter.

“We’ve shown that it was just a question of looking at the right time and with enough sensitivity,” James Miller-Jones, a scientist at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research and a co-author of the study, said in a statement.

An artist’s impression of a star being drawn toward a black hole and destroyed, triggering a jet of plasma made from debris left over from the stars destruction

The scientists think the energy produced by these jets amount to about the entire energy output by the sun over 10 million years.

The former star was actually a lot like our sun. Supermassive black holes are thought to exist at the center of most galaxies, and that includes the Milky Way. It’s virtually impossible something like this would ever happen to our own sun, but lots of things can change in the next several billion years, so never say never…

Photos via Modified from an original image by Amadeo Bachar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Swift

Daft Punk must have invaded the ears of NASA staff when planning for the Space Launch System rocket, taking, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” to heart.

The SLS has been constructed for the first mission of (hopefully) many to chase ambitions of deep space travel, and once completed, it will claim the title as the most powerful rocket in the world. In a video released Monday, NASA explains how assembling the pieces constructed across the United States presents engineers with a dizzying challenge.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the recent discovery of an Earth-like, frozen planet orbiting one of our neighboring stars. For one, it represents the culmination of years of searching for exoplanets, and two, as one scientist involved in the search tells Inverse, it may open the floodgate to finding more potentially habitable planets in the future.

It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

While watching my cat engaging in yet another battle with my shoelace, I noticed that he seemed mainly to use his left front paw. Do animals have a more dextrous side that they favor for particular tasks, just like humans? – Mike, Perth.

The short answer is: yes they do! Like humans, many animals tend to use one side of the body more than the other. This innate handedness (or footedness) is called behavioral or motor laterality.