Originally Posted by MoBeeJ
So if we get consumed by a black hole, we will be in slow motion??? Dam it it means matrix and max payne,woot.
Oh wait doesnt every1 run in slowmo:s???
Not quite... An infalling subject, if not instantly ripped apart by the slight difference in gravitational accceleration, would have their time "slowed down", but they would not notice it. Their seconds would be our years, from the perspective of an outside observer, if we could abserve such things. Time dialates, from an external frame of reference, time for the infalling frame of reference slows down. But for the infalling frame, time is as usual, although if they could observe the outside frame of reference, things would be rather speedy on the outside.
It is like if you are on a jet plane. You are subjected to a slight amount of time dialation, and that is measures by extremely accurate atomic clocks. However, to you, your time continues to feel the same, just like time feels the same to the outside observer. Since there is no absolute frame of reference, every observer deals with time in their own frame, and make observations relative to those frames of other items or observers.
In the case of a black hole, the gravitational gradient is so high that no infalling item could hope to survive, simply because of say, you fell in feet first, your feet would be subjected to far more gravitational acceleration than your head - and because it is so extreme, each individual atom would be subjected to a different degree of acceleration, and be pulled apart from each other.
The subject star wouldn't have just wandered across a black hole - the black hole would have been leaching materials from the star for eons before the finale, which brought about the massive x-ray burst we observe. The x-rays themselves are not from the black hole itself, but rather, the exact event horizon, that point where gravitational acceleration is so intense that even slightly beyond, light can not escape. The x-rays are caused by particles, mostly electrons that have been accelerated to extremely high relativistic speeds, slamming into the materials at the event horizon.