Black holes are mysterious to say the least, and this video further strengthens that argument. In the clip, a “red giant star that wandered too close to the center of a galaxy 2.7 billion light years away was pulled in by the enormous gravity of the black hole – and shredded.” Continue reading to watch.

It’s the first time an observatory has seen a known star ripped apart in this way. We are seeing the glow from the stellar gas falling into the black hole over time. We’re also witnessing the spectral signature of the ejected gas, which we find to be mostly helium.