Planet orbiting dead star gives glimpse into the aftermath of the Sun’s demise

  • Artist’s rendition of a newly-discovered Jupiter-like exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf, or dead star. This system is evidence that planets can survive their host star’s explosive red giant phase and is the very first confirmed planetary system that serves as an analog to the fate of the Sun and Jupiter in our own solar system. Image by W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

A Maunakea telescope has discovered a distant solar system that could indicate what our own solar system will look like after the Sun dies.