APR 28, 2015 7:12 PM PDT

A White Dwarf May Have Ripped Apart A Passing Planet

WRITTEN BY: Andrew J. Dunlop
Galaxy ngc6388

In this Chandra image of ngc6388, researchers have found evidence that a white dwarf star may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close. When a star reaches its white dwarf stage, nearly all of the material from the star is packed inside a radius one hundredth that of the original star.
About the Author
  • Andrew J. Dunlop lives and writes in a little town near Boston. He's interested in space, the Earth, and the way that humans and other species live on it.
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