White dwarfs seen consuming the remnants of destroyed planets

Artist’s rendering of a white dwarf surrounded by a ring of particles, with an asteroid breaking apart beneath the gravity of the star

NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Middle/Scott Wiessinger/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

4 distant white dwarfs, the remnants of lifeless stars, have been noticed consuming what might be the crust of pulverised planets.

Mark Hollands on the College of Warwick, UK, and his colleagues have found that the fabric is just like Earth’s crust, which might assist reveal whether or not the formation of our personal planet is a standard course of all through the galaxy.

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