The discovery of a distant Jupiter-like planet orbiting a dead star reveals what may happen in our solar system when the sun dies in about 5 billion years, according to new research. This unusual duo was discovered 6,500 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
A white dwarf is what remains after a sun-like star swells up to a red giant during the star’s evolution. Red giants burn through their hydrogen fuel and expand, consuming any planets near their path. The findings of the study show that planets can survive this incredibly violent phase of stellar evolution. Tap the link in our bio for more on this story. (📸 :Adam Makarenko/W.M. Keck Observatory)