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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics / Mark A. Garlick

Scientists See A Sun-Like Star Shred An Earth-Like Planet

Scientists have seen a white dwarf star vaporizing a rocky planet, which is exactly what could happen to Earth if it survives the death of the sun.

By Steven Sparkman | October 22, 2015

This is a white dwarf star. 

One day, the sun will be a white dwarf, which means this might be Earth's fate someday. (Video via NASA)

Scientists believe white dwarfs destroy planets with gravity and intense heat. Now they've seen it.

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This video includes images from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics / Mark A. Garlick and NASA.

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