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Jupiter-like planet survived the death of its star without harm

Artist’s illustration of a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a white dwarf star

W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

A giant Jupiter-like planet that survived the cataclysmic death of its star has provided astronomers with a preview of the far future of our solar system.

The planet, known as MOA-2010-BLG-477Lb, was first spotted in 2010, but now Joshua Blackman at the University of Tasmania in Australia and his colleagues have confirmed that it orbits a white dwarf, the stellar remnant left when stars like our sun run out of fuel to burn.

Jupiter-like planets have been spotted around white …

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