Large planet orbiting a white dwarf

03 January 2020
Presented by Nadeem Gabbani.

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And now onto something out of this World. For the first time, scientists have found evidence of a giant, Neptune-size planet orbiting a white dwarf star. This was previously not thought to be possible due to the destructive energy low-mass stars, such as our Sun, emit to the surrounding solar system as they age and expand. The findings, published in Nature by a team from Warwick University, are particularly interesting because they indicate what might happen to our solar system billions of years from now. Nadeem Gabbani speaks with Ingo Waldmann of University College London for comments on the work.

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