Universe  ID: 14169

Dead Star Caught Ripping Up Planetary System

A star’s death throes have so violently disrupted its planetary system that the dead star left behind, called a white dwarf, is siphoning off debris from both the system’s inner and outer reaches. This is the first time astronomers have observed a white dwarf star that is consuming both rocky-metallic and icy material, the ingredients of planets.

Archival data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA observatories were essential in diagnosing this case of cosmic cannibalism. The findings help describe the violent nature of evolved planetary systems and can tell astronomers about the makeup of newly forming systems.

For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

Music & Sound
“Through a Computer Screen” by Raphael Olivier [SACEM] via KTSA Publishing [SACEM] and Universal Production Music

ESA Credit:
Ring of rocky debris around a white dwarf star (artist’s impression)
Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Evaporating extrasolar planet, from Video (artist's impression)
Credit: ESA, Alfred Vidal-Madjar (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, France) and NASA.

Red Giant Sun
Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

Flight through our Solar System
Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

ESO Credit:
Comets in Solar System
Credit on screen with : ESO/L. Calçada/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)



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Cassanndra Morris: Narrator
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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