back to article Ten-day optical burst shows star eating giant planet, scientists say

Scientists have concluded that an unexplained optical burst from the Milky Way galaxy provides evidence of a star eating up its local giant planet. MIT post-doctoral fellow Kishalay De and his colleagues first noticed anomalies with ZTF SLRN-2020, a star 12,000 light-years away, near the eagle-like constellation Aquila in the …

  1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
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    We're Doomed!

    ARTHUR: But what was wrong with your planet?

    CAPTAIN: Well it was doomed - as I said. Apparently it was going to crash into the sun. Or was it the moon that was going to crash into us?

    NUMBER ONE: No, no, I thought it was that the planet was more or less bound to be invaded by a gigantic swarm of twelve-foot piranha bees.

    NUMBER TWO:No, no, no. That’s not what I was told! My commanding officer swore blind that the entire planet was in imminent danger of being eaten by an enormous mutant star goat.

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Nom nom nom.

    That is all. Goodnight.

  3. Jusme

    Is that you Galactus?


  4. Michael

    I misread that headline

    I thought that the planet was eating the star. I was very confused. I need more beer.

    1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: I misread that headline

      I was very confused. I need more beer.

      And a towel, and some salted peanuts. But I thought the same, and figured Pac-Man Prime would be a good name for the planet.. Unless it's following a trail of other stars, and heading in our general direction.

  5. Scott 26

    "click to enlarge"

    ... results in an image 477x204px (which I guess is technically correct from the article's embedded image of 442x189px)

    1. ThatOne Silver badge

      Re: "click to enlarge"

      Never believe those "enlargement" claims...

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: "click to enlarge"

        The official El Reg term is "embiggenment"

        1. Roj Blake Silver badge

          Re: "click to enlarge"

          Which is, as everyone knows, a perfectly cromulent word.

      2. Francis Boyle Silver badge

        Re: "click to enlarge"

        I find that porn usually actually works.

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