So this week NASA announced that it Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) managed to capture a very rear event which they call a tidal disruption event.
In simple terms, a tidal disruption event is a situation where a star gets a little bit too close to a black hole and gets sucked up.
The event which NASA has nicknamed “ASASSN–19bt” is a very rear incident that takes place once in a while. The way the whole tidal disruption thing works is so fascinating, once the star gets close enough to the black hole, it experienced what we call “spaghettification.”
Yes that right, it was coined from the word spaghetti. Spaghettification is when an object experiences gravity that is so intense and powerful that the object begins to stretch out like spaghetti noodles.🍝
The black hole in question here is said to be around 375 million years away in the galaxy of 2MASX J070011376602251. The black hole has been estimated by NASA to weigh about six million times the mass of our own sun (6 million times)😲
Although this is not the first time such event has happened but it still very rare to come across. It is said to happen once in maybe every 10,000 and 100,000 years in a comparable galaxy.