A man was charged with killing the star platinum orb, which was discovered on the planet Ophiuchus, in a video uploaded to the Internet on Sunday, authorities said.
A man has been charged with the murder of the star, which is the largest known orb in the Solar System, and is the subject of a long-running investigation into its discovery.
A video of the giant planet was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday by an unidentified person and shared widely on social media.
The video shows an amateur astronomer pointing his camera at the star.
The video, posted by an anonymous person, shows the planet as a bright orange object hovering in the sky, with the star clearly visible at the top of the image.
The unidentified person then uploaded the video to YouTube.
The uploader, identified as Nisar Ahmad, posted a caption reading “What do we have here?”, prompting many to speculate that it was an alien artifact.
Ahmad was taken into custody on Monday after he posted a video on Twitter saying he had shot the object.
He is charged with homicide and unlawful confinement.
He has also been charged under India’s cybercrime laws, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up on 500,000 rupees ($6,800).
The Star Platinum Orb is a small, pink-tipped, orb of diamond-shaped metal about 1.5 times the diameter of the moon.
It is approximately 30 meters (98 feet) across and is made up of about 300 to 500 diamonds.