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Nasa's K2 Discovers Dead Star Vaporising a Mini 'Planet'

October 22, 2015 10:13 AM
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Nasa's K2 Discovers Dead Star Vaporising a Mini 'Planet'

Scientists using Nasa's Kepler space telescope - known as the K2 mission - have spotted strong evidence of a tiny, rocky object being torn apart as it spirals around a white dwarf star.

This discovery validates a long-held theory that white dwarfs are capable of cannibalising possible remnant planets that have survived within its solar system.

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