First case of solar suckage

Scientists believe they have captured direct evidence of a star feasting on its own planets for the first time.

RW Aur, a binary star system located in the Taurus-Auriga constellation 450 light years from Earth, has long puzzled astronomers.

The light from one of its stars, RW Aur A, repeatedly dims and flickers back to life every few decades.

The absorber probably sits in the star’s inner disk, and is a made up of leftover debris from young planets that smashed into one another as the star's gravity pulled them in.

“Computer simulations have long predicted that planets can fall into a young star, but we have never before observed that," said Hans Moritz Guenther, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the study.

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