Washington: For the first time, astronomers have seen a dead planet () falling on the surface of a dead star (). Scientists hope that this may uncover the mysteries related to the end of the solar system. For decades, questions have been arising in the minds of scientists that how () would happen. In such a situation, it is being expressed that after completing their age, all the planets will merge into the Sun or the more gravitational star located near them. The event was recorded by the Chandra X-ray Observatory of the US space agency NASA. This phenomenon has been mentioned by NASA researchers in a study published in the famous science magazine Nature.
The fate of the solar system will be revealed
The study’s lead author Tim Cunningham, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Warwick in the UK, has made the details of the incident public. He said that for the first time we have found evidence that white dwarf stars are currently accumulating the remains of old planetary systems. Such evidence may give us a glimpse into the possible fate of thousands of known exoplanetary systems, including our own solar system.
97 percent of the stars of the Milky Way should become white dwarfs
Scientists say that about 97 percent of all stars in the Milky Way will turn into white dwarf stars at the end of their lives. White dwarfs as small as Earth can hold as much mass as the Sun. It is believed that stars that do not have enough mass to become neutron stars when they run out of fuel, they all become white dwarfs.
What is a white dwarf star?
Stars 10 times the mass of the Sun are the victims of a violent supernova at the end of their lives. These stars are formed when they completely burn their hydrogen. This hydrogen fuels the star. Something similar is bound to happen with our Sun after 5 billion years. After running out of fuel, red flames travel a long distance from these stars. The core of these stars is still very hot, which is known as a dwarf star.
[Attribution to NBT]