Scientists recently recorded the first known direct observation of the “spaghettification” of a star by a black hole, a process by which the star is pulled apart and devoured by the massive astronomical object. 

In the paper, published earlier this year in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the international team of astronomers describe having observed “the inner regions of a cooling accretion disc” from a star’s being drawn into the immense gravity of the black hole. 

Stars being pulled apart by black holes can be “spaghettified” by them, a process by which the black hole pulls in a long trail of matter from the celestial body. 

The “tidal disruption event” results in an immense output of visible radiation, which the scientists record having spotted in the paper. 

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