We all knew they were out there, including indirect evidence of one at the center of our galaxy (the jury is still out on that one). Now there are actual images, and data, of a black hole sucking down a star. Chandra and XMM-Newton both pulled X-ray data and images of the event. Check these links for more!

The ESA’s XMM-Newton home page, links to the information there.

Harvard’s Chandra Observatory Center.

If anyone has links to reactions from David Brin, Larry Niven, or other astrophysics gurus who write science fiction (the people who live in both my worlds, in other words), please pass them my way.