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What will happen after the sun dies? ‘Serendipitous’ discovery gives clues

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A Jupiter-sized planet has been found orbiting a white dwarf star in the Milky Way, providing clues as to what will happen in our solar system when the sun eventually dies.

An international team of astronomers observed the phenomenon, which forms when a star runs out of nuclear fuel to burn, and dies.

The distant planet, a gas giant with a mass 1.4 times that of Jupiter, was able to survive the death of its host star.

The scientists say the discovery is in keeping with previous calculations that more than half of white dwarf stars may have similar giant planets orbiting them. Though the phenomenon had been predicted, it had never been observed before.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/14/what-will-happen-after-the-sun-dies-serendipitous-discovery-gives-clues

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