Comet-Like Object Falling Toward White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)
Comet-Like Object Falling Toward White Dwarf (Artist's Concept)
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News release ID: STScI-2017-09
Release Date: Feb 9, 2017
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This artist's concept shows a massive, comet-like object falling toward a white dwarf. New Hubble Space Telescope findings are evidence for a belt of comet-like bodies orbiting the white dwarf, similar to our solar system's Kuiper Belt. The findings also suggest the presence of one or more unseen surviving planets around the white dwarf, which may have perturbed the belt to hurl icy objects into the burned-out star.


Tags
Artwork, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Stars, White Dwarfs

Credits

NASA, ESA, and Z. Levy (STScI)