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First Evidence Discovered of Planet’s Destruction by Its Star

The first evidence of a planet’s destruction by its aging star indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a “red giant” — the stellar equivalent of advanced age. “A similar fate may await the inner planets in our solar system, when the Sun becomes a red giant and expands all the way out to Earth’s orbit some five-billion years from now,” said Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State and the discoverer of the first planet ever found outside our solar system. (Credit: Marty Harris/McDonald Obs./UT-Austin)

The first evidence of a planet’s destruction by its aging star has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a “red giant” — the stellar equivalent of advanced age…
Read more: sciencedaily.com

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August 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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