Planet Forming Disk Spotted Around Dead Star

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 5, 2006   View Article

A disk of potentially planet-forming debris has been found around a pulsar about 13,000 light-years from Earth, scientists announced today.

The debris is most likely material that has fallen back toward the star after a supernova, or star explosion. The material could clump together to form planets, astronomers say, but such planets would be unlikely to harbor life.

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