Solar System’s Fate Predicted by White Dwarf?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 21, 2006   View Article

In an example of galactic foreshadowing, scientists have gazed out at the stars and glimpsed how our solar system might look in several billion years.

An unusual ring of metal-rich gas orbiting a white dwarf—the remains of a burned-out star of modest mass—has been spied within the constellation Virgo.

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