Its about to get deep. Hold on to your ‘noggins’ because your mind is about to get boom
Just as satellites are held in place by the gravity of the Earth, the Earth is held in orbit around the sun by the force of gravity. Gravity is more powerful the closer you are to the source. For example the planets closest to the sun orbit at much faster rate than planets furthest away.
We all know it takes 365 days for the Earth to complete one orbit around around the sun. But in comparison Mercury orbits the sun in just 88 Earth days where as Neptune takes 165 Earth years to complete one full orbit. Just as Earth orbits the sun, our sun orbits around a black hole. This black hole is the center of the galaxy known as the Milky Way. A black hole is object of an unfathomable amount of gravity. Everything which orbits around it, including light is slowly sucked in and consumed. The sun day will one day breakdown and consume Mercury and Earth, the sun will be broken down and consumed by the black hole.
With that in your minds lets move on. Did you know that is takes 8 minutes for the light of the sun to reach Earth? If the sun exploded at this very instant, we would not know anything about it for 8 minutes. This is the concept of how space (distance between two objects) effects time (present moment).
NASA is indeed witnessing something never recorded/seen before. A star is actively being consumed by the forces of gravity. The orbit of a planet has gotten so close to the mass of the star that the star has begun to consume the planet. The forces of gravity have begun to physically break apart mass. Over the past few months people have been studying this mystery object. NASA researchers could not quite pin point what it was they were looking at. The object appeared to fluctuate in size, in shape, in mass irregularly/unnaturally as it orbited. Some people claimed it must be aliens! It was not until a few days ago that NASA discovered what is really happening. The planet is so chaotic on our sensors because it is physically being broken apart by the forces of gravity of the star which it orbits. The Kepler telescope is indeed witnessing something no one has ever seen before, a planet is actively cannibalizing before our eyes.
What I find fascinating about all of this ties back to why I talked about the sun with time and space. You see, Oct 24 2015 we are watching this plant disintegrate. However this planet is 1,500 light-years away. Meaning at the speed of light, it took 1,500 years for light from that planet to reach Earth. It would take a modern spaceship 37,200 years to travel one light year. Think about the sun from earlier. The planet we are talking about is 1,500 light years away from Earth, the visible light from the sun is 8 Earth minutes away. Do you understand the strangeness here? In October 2015 we are witnessing a planet disintegrate in front our our eyes in live time. However, at this same present moment in time, this planet most likely does not even exist anymore.