Watch This Black Hole Snack On A Star

Feb 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET

About 1.8 billion light years away, a black hole has been devouring a star for about a decade, longer than ever observed before. It’s called a tidal disruption event, which occurs when a star wanders too close to a black hole and the resulting gravity rips it apart. Researchers say studying these events can help us better understand the nature of black holes.