Comet falling into white dwarf (artist's impression)

This artist’s impression shows a massive, comet-like object falling towards a white dwarf. New observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show evidence for a belt of comet-like bodies orbiting the white dwarf, similar to the Kuiper Belt in our own Solar System. The findings also suggest the presence of one or more unseen surviving planets around the white dwarf which may have perturbed the belt sufficiently to hurl icy objects into the burned-out star.


NASA, ESA, and Z. Levy (STScI)

About the Image

Release date:9 February 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1703
Size:5100 x 3825 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Interplanetary Body : Comet
Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf

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