In a first, astronomers witnessed a star swallowing a Jupiter-sized planet. The Earth could be next
After the act, the plump star brightened by 100 times in just over 10 days, and then faded away.
| May 03, 2023 10:01 AM EST
Created: May 03, 2023 10:01 AM EST
The “smoking gun” of this event was seen in a long and low-energy outburst from the star — the telltale signature of a planet skimming along a star’s surface.
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