Astronomers have observed a rare event in our galaxy, as a bloated star has swallowed a planet. The event occurred in the Aquila constellation, about 12,000 light-years from Earth. Spectroscopic observations of the star showed that its chemical composition was altered due to the ingestion of the planet. The star, known as a red giant, is in a stage of life where it expands and engulfs nearby planets. The discovery provides new insights into the cosmic evolution of planetary systems.
Today: December 9, 2023