Astronomers spot white dwarf 'Death Star' vaporizing planet

October 22, 2015 12:11 PM

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Astronomers spot white dwarf 'Death Star' vaporizing planet

A dwarf planet some 570 light-years from Earth is slowly disintegrating from its star's intense radiation, say astronomers.

The planet-destroying Death Star from "Star Wars" may be fictional, but a star at the end of its life and only a bit bigger than Earth could be its real-world twin: The star is currently destroying and disintegrating an orbiting planet bit by bit.

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