The process releases incredible amounts of energy out into space and produced a bright flare.

Astronomers call the destructive event a “stellar tidal disruption”.

NASA said: “When a star passes within a certain distance of a black hole – close enough to be swallowed up – the stellar material gets stretched and compressed as it is pulled in.

“A black hole’s destruction of a star, called ‘stellar tidal disruption’, releases an enormous amount of energy, brightening the surroundings in an event called a flare.

“In recent years, a few dozen such flares have been discovered, but they are not well understood.”


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