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Planetary Tales from the Stellar Crypt: Exoplanets Surviving the Death of their Host Star

Presented by: John Debes (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 2 hours   Broadcast date: March 01, 2016
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What happens to a planetary system when its host star exhausts its fuel and dies? For most sun-like stars, their deaths end in a whimper and not a bang, leaving behind a stellar corpse called a white dwarf. Many orbiting planets may survive these relatively gentle death throes, and can have observable influences on their host white dwarf. This unique sub-field of astronomy has arisen from the stellar crypt and produced some exciting results over the last few years. It seems that dead stars do tell tales.