In a rare incident, astronomers have captured the exact moment in which a massive black hole devoured a Sun-sized star by a process called 'spaghettification'. A rare blast of light from a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole was spotted using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The phenomenon, known as a tidal disruption event, is the closest such flare recorded to date at just over 215 million light-years from Earth.
Astronomers have been closely observing a star located some 190 light years away from Earth for over 100 years now and HD 140283 is also believed to be one of the oldest known stars in universe. In 2000, astronomers tried to date the star using the European Space Agency's (ESA) Hipparcos satellite and concluded that the star is around 16 billion years old. The age of this star is surprising because according to astronomer Howard Bond of Pennsylvania State University, the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years.
Scientists have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting it, the first time that so many massive worlds have been detected in such a system. The star, CI Tau, is located about 500 light years away in a highly-productive stellar 'nursery' region of the galaxy, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
The BCCI is set for another massive windfall as Star, Sony and Jio engaged in a bidding war for the Global Consolidated Media Rights (GCR) for the 2018-2023 cycle of India's home bilateral series, which is currently valued at Rs 4,442 crore, after the end of the opening day of the first-ever e-auction.
"Game of Thrones" -- a twisted tale about seven kingdoms entwined with sneaky ploys, nudity and bloodshed in a quest to claim the Iron Throne -- is gradually approaching its concluding episode. Irish child artiste Art Parkinson, who featured in the fantasy series as Rickon Stark, feels the team has already started to move on.