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In bizarre space first, a tiny star is consuming a planet four times its size


An artist's impression of the WDJ0914+1914 system, where a dead white dwarf star is stripping away the atmosphere of a gas giant planet four times its size.

We think of stars as humongous objects that hold sway over everything in their considerable vicinity, but for the first time astronomers have spotted a giant planet that circles a dying dwarf star only a quarter of its size. 

The puny sun exerts its dwindling force over the planet, stripping away its atmosphere and spinning an elegant disc of gas around itself in the process. 

The oddball star carries the uninspired ...


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