A planet about the size of Jupiter orbits the Dead Star. This is the first time such a phenomenon has come to the attention of scientists. When a Sun-like star enters its end of life, it leaves a small white core known as the White Dwarf, before the outer layers are pushed away.
Observations from the Cake Observatory in Hawaii allowed the team from Australia and New Zealand to study in more detail. The team found that a gas called MOA2010BLG477Lb was allowed to survive the galaxy, which is now orbiting much closer than it once was.
The system, located in the center of the galaxy about 6,500 light-years away, is a good example of what could happen to Jupiter when the Sun reaches its final stage of life in about five billion years, the team said. At 1.4 times the size of Jupiter, the planet is now two and a half times farther from the Sun than from its star.
Scientists have suggested that the orbit of a planet about eight times the size of the Sun could work without damage. But astronomers have yet to find another planet orbiting such a white dwarf. The white dwarf star, about half the mass of the Sun, was found to be about 2.8 AU, or 260 million miles away.