In A Galactic First, Star Seen Swallowing Planet In One Gulp
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- For the first time, scientists have caught a star in the act of swallowing a planet — not just a nibble or bite, but one big gulp.
- Astronomers on Wednesday reported their observations of what appeared to be a gas giant around the size of Jupiter or bigger being eaten by its star. The sun-like star had been puffing up with old age for eons and finally got so big that it engulfed the close-orbiting planet.
- It’s a gloomy preview of what will happen to Earth when our sun morphs into a red giant and gobbles the four inner planets.
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