Debris From Disintegrating Planet Seen Hurtling Into White Dwarf Star for First Time


White Dwarf Star G29-38

Artist’s impression of a white dwarf, G29—38, accreting planetary material from a circumstellar debris disk. When the planetary material hits the white dwarf surface, a plasma is formed and cools via detectable X-ray emission. Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Final Moments of Planetary Remnants Seen for First Time

  • New study confirms decades of indirect evidence for debris from disintegrating planets hurtling into white dwarfs across the galaxy
  • Debris From Disintegrating Planet Seen Hurtling Into White Dwarf Star for First Time