"White Dwarf" by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger / Public Domain

Dead Planet’s Heavy Metal Core Found Rocketing Around a Dead Sun in a Distant Solar System

Apr 5, 2019

By Brandon Specktor

In case you forgot that nature is totally metal, astronomers have discovered the shattered remains of a dead planet orbiting a dead sun in a distant, desolate solar system.

The dead planet’s broken heart consists of heavy metal, and it orbits at breakneck speed through a dirty cosmic boneyard full of other chunks of dead planets. Mourn the dead planet and its dead star if you like, but do not pity them; one day, astronomers say, our solar system will probably look much the same. (Happy spring!)

This grim conclusion, which is described today (April 4) in the journal Science, comes from observing a dead planet chunk (or “planetesimal”) circling a white dwarf star in a solar system about 410 million light-years away from Earth.

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