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Writer Fuel: Astronomers Watch Star Consume One Of Its Planets

An artist's illustration of the planet, a Jupiter-sized gas giant, being engulfed by the expanding star. (Image credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/M. Garlick/M. Zamani)

Astronomers have spotted a star devouring one of its planets for the first time. It is a stunning preview of our own planet’s fate, when, in roughly 5 billion years time, Earth too will likely be engulfed by our rapidly expanding sun. The distant planet met its gory demise 13,000 light-years from Earth around a … Read more