Hunting on the planet Nasa The Exoplanet Transit Transit Satellite (TESS) watched as a black hole separated from the vault from start to finish.
When the star moved too close to a black hole, intense tides and weapons decompose it into a gas stream. The tail of the crevice avoids the system as the rest rotates around, surrounding the black hole with a disc of debris.
The spade experiences "spaghetti" – this does not mean turning it into a plate of pasta, but the vertical stretching and horizontal compression of objects into long thin forms, basically extending to what looks like spaghetti strings.
This phenomenon is called the tidal disturbance event, and this is the first time scientists have been able to spot it in such detail.
Tidal disruptions are extremely rare, occurring once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in a galaxy the size of our Milky Way.
TESS tracks large portions of the sky for 27 days at a time, so that periodic dips in star brightness can be observed that may indicate orbiting planets.
The Planet Hunter infiltrated the star and the black hole every half hour for months, so they could work out a complete picture of the star's destruction.
The black hole included weights about 6 million times the mass of the sun.
"[This blast] will allow us to improve our understanding of physics at work when a star is unlucky enough to meet a black hole, "said Decker French, an astronomer from Carnegie and a member of the study team.