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First-ever Planet Found Orbiting A Dead Star

News18 | 17/09/2020 06:22 PM | Click to read full article

Scientists have, for the first time, discovered a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a white dwarf or a dead star located about 80 light-years away. The finding, shows the likely presence of the planet, named WD 1856 b, orbiting the smaller star remnant every 34 hours. The process usually devours orbiting planets — but not in the case of WD 1856 b.

“This tells us white dwarfs can have planets, which is something we didn’t know before."