From the heart of a galaxy 215 million light-years away, a brilliant flash of light flared into the void of space -- the last scream of light from a dying star as it veered too close and was pulled apart by a black hole. It’s the closest such death of a star that humans have observed, offering unprecedented insight into the violent cosmic process. The data from the recent event, which has been named AT2019qiz, will give researchers “a Rosetta stone” for interpreting future similar events.

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