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Hot Jupiter Found Around a White Dwarf

22 Sep 2020, 09:19 UTC
Hot Jupiter Found Around a White Dwarf NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

There comes a time in every star’s evolution when the hydrogen in their cores runs out. This explosive midlife crisis is disruptive to local planetary systems, obliterating inner worlds and tossing outer ones into the void of deep space. When our own Sun expands into a red giant and then collapses into a white dwarf, Mercury, Venus, and perhaps even Earth will be destroyed. Observations of white dwarf systems show the celestial wreckage such dying stars leave behind: massive debris fields and planets literally ripped to pieces.

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