Astronomers tell us that the Sun, in about 7 billion years, will expand into a bloated red giant—wreaking havoc on the inner planets, and even destroying the Earth. So, in order to satisfy our morbid curiosity, we present a roundup of the doomed planets of dead and dying stars around the galaxy.
Our space probes have reached nearly every corner of the Solar System—so our restless species sets its sights on remoter shores. The recent discovery of a potentially habitable planet around our nearest stellar neighbor has us wondering: what else is out there? Here’s a look at the most intriguing targets in the Solar Neighborhood.
With the discovery of Proxima b, astronomers have finally found a potentially habitable planet around the nearest star to Earth. In honor of that finding, we’ve compiled a list of the most promising real estate in the galaxy—the many strange worlds that may now or someday host life as we know it.
You never know what you might find in your own basement.
The immense gravity of the stellar remnant is ripping its planetary companion to shreds.
A white dwarf discovered by Brazilian astronomers has an atmosphere of almost pure oxygen.
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