<p>A white dwarf star that brushed too close to an exoplanet on the edge of the Milky Way likely demolished it, researchers say. Although such stars are about the size of Earth, their <a href="http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2015/ngc6388/">gravitational pull</a> is about 10,000 times that of the sun.</p>

Ripped Apart

A white dwarf star that brushed too close to an exoplanet on the edge of the Milky Way likely demolished it, researchers say. Although such stars are about the size of Earth, their gravitational pull is about 10,000 times that of the sun.

Photograph by X-ray: NASA/CXC/IASF Palermo/M.Del Santo et al; Optical: NASA/STScI

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A white dwarf star that brushed too close to an exoplanet on the edge of the Milky Way likely demolished it, researchers say. Although such stars are about the size of Earth, their gravitational pull is about 10,000 times that of the sun.

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