Astronomers were recently peering deep into outer space at a distant star, and while doing that, they spied an orbiting fragment of a shattered, dead planet that could give them some hints on how the fate of Earth might turn, taken into consideration the current modifications in our planet’s functions.
On Thursday, a new study has been released, and according to scientists, one of the first small planet fragments has been discovered in orbit around a dead white dwarf star which is considered by the study a finding “that sheds light into the twilight years of planetary systems.”
The newfound planet chunk, according to Space.com, is likely to actually be part of a world destroyed during the death throes of the star. The fragment “may even be a piece of the shattered planet’s core.”
Dead planet found orbiting a distant white dwarf shed more light on the future of Earth and the Sun
It is remarkable, the researchers said for Live Science, that any piece of a dead planet, no matter how small it is, could survive so close to the incredibly strong gravity of a white dwarf.
According to the study, the chunk of the dead planet orbits the white dwarf once every two hours. The piece of rock must be no larger than 250 miles in diameter, and it should be really dense to avoid being ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the star. Both the dead planet and its star are located about 410 light years away from us within our own Milky Way galaxy.
Meanwhile, we are being offered, according to Science magazine, a sobering picture of our solar system’s future by the fate of the star. “It is thought that when the sun swells into a red giant, it will consume Mercury, Venus, and Earth. It will then shrink down to a dead white dwarf, similar to the one just discovered.”
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