Sep 28, 2019
By Jeremy Logan
Space researchers and fans are being given the chance to watch an astronomical phenomenon scientists believe happens every 10 to 100 thousand years.
Photo courtesy of NASA
NASA satellites have spotted a black hole consuming a star, shredding it to pieces.
NASA says a satellite called TESS happened to be looking at the right part of the sky at the right time so it caught the very beginning of this event known as a tidal disruption.
The planet hunter monitors large swaths of the sky, called sectors, for 27 days at a time.
This lengthy view allows TESS to observe transits, periodic dips in a star’s brightness that may indicate orbiting planets.