For Star Wars fans, the Death Star needs no further introduction. For anyone else, the Death Star is a planet-shaped space station capable of destroying entire planets. But there’s an actual phenomenon out there in space that really is capable of mass destruction: a black hole. Most recently, the characteristics of black holes were explained in the movie Interstellar, though not in a scientific manner.
NASA has actually been able to observe a black hole in action, and it even captured the moment when a black hole tore through a star. Using that observation, the space agency put together an animation that shows what a black hole would do to a star like the Sun.