An artist's idea of a planetary fragment in orbit around a distant white dwarf star. The fragment leaves a gas trace. (Photo: University of Warwick / Mark Garlick)
In a new study released Thursday, scientists said they discovered one of the first small planetary fragments in orbit around a dead white dwarf star, a finding that "casts light into the twilight years of planetary systems." the study said.
According to Space.com, this newly discovered planetary piece is likely to be part of a world destroyed during the star's death battles. The piece "might even be part of the core of the crashed planet."
That even the smallest piece of a planet could survive so close to the incredibly strong gravity of a white dwarf is, according to the researchers, notable live science.
The piece orbits around the White Dwarf every two hours and must be unusually dense and must not be larger than 250 miles so as not to be torn apart by the star's gravity, the study suggests.
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the carbon dioxide content of the earth is the highest in 3 million years. Both the dead star and the planet are in our own Milky Way, about 410 light-years away from us.
Meanwhile, the fate of the star and its planet gives us a sobering picture of the future of our solar system, Science Magazine said. "It is believed that when the sun swells into a red giant, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and Earth.
It will then shrink to a dead white dwarf, similar to the one just discovered.
" Not a pretty one Thought, but we have about 6 billion years to think about our fate, "reported Science.
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