Planet-eating star: Dwarf Star Eating Planets

Published: October 22, 2015

Planet-eating star: Dwarf Star Eating Planets, The planet-destroying Death Star from “Star Wars” may be fictional, but a star at the end of its life and only a bit bigger than Earth could be its real-world twin: The star is currently destroying and disintegrating an orbiting planet bit by bit.

The ill-fated planetary body and its debris are about the size of Texas or the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid in Earth’s solar system, and it will be fully destroyed within about a million years. Scientists watching the object disintegrate will get the best-ever view of a solar system’s death, researchers said — and a look at the likely future of our own system.

Scientists observed the crumbling planet using NASA’s Kepler space telescope and pulled out further detail through ground observation. This marks the first time scientists have ever seen a planetary body passing around a tiny, faint white dwarf (the planet’s destroyer), researchers report in a new study.

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