A black hole is shredding a star, and NASA caught the incredible space event on camera – USA TODAY

Astronomers think the supermassive black hole weighs around six million times the sun's mass and is located about 375 million light-years away. USA TODAY

NASA has given us another historic glimpse into the wonders of spaceafter releasing a video that shows a star-shredding black hole in a galaxy millions of light-years away.

The amazing footage of the "cataclysmicphenomenon" was taken by NASAs planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS.

Astronomers think the supermassive black hole weighs around 6 million times the suns mass and is located about 375 million light-years away in a galaxy of similar size to the Milky Way, NASA said.

The incredible event, called a tidal disruption, is veryrare and occurs once every 10,000 to 100,000 years in galaxies like the Milky Way.

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When a star gets too close, the intense tides of ablack holebreak apart the starinto a stream of gas, according to NASA. As shown in the video, the tail of that stream breaksaway from the black hole while other parts of it swing back around and create a halo of debris.

Scientists believe the star in the video may have been about the same size as our sun.

The event, named ASASSN-19bt, was first discovered on Jan. 29 by the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae telescope network, a worldwide network of 24robotic telescopes headquartered at Ohio State University.

NASA says that scientists have only been able to observe about 40tidal disruptions in history and TESS was able to capture one after launching in April 2018.

For TESS to observe (the event) so early in its tenure, and in the continuous viewing zone where we could watch it for so long, is really quite extraordinary, said Padi Boyd, TESS project scientist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Future collaborations with observatories around the world and in orbit will help us learn even more about the different outbursts that light up the cosmos.

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