Agence France-PresseSeptember 17, 2020 9:30:37 AM
According to a study published Wednesday, astronomers discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting the smoldering remains of a dead star closely. For the first time, an intact exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf was discovered.
Researchers said the fate of this giant planet called WD 1
When it has burned out its hydrogen supplies, a star like the sun goes into agony and initially swells enormously into a glowing red giant that scorches and devours nearby planets. Then it collapses and reduces it to its burned-out core.
This is the white dwarf, an extremely dense star glow that glows faintly from leftover thermal energy and slowly fades over billions of years.
Previous research has shown that some white dwarfs can keep remnants of their planetary systems more distant.