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Life could exist on a planet orbiting the white dwarf star

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Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali is a young bilingual journalist from Afghanistan working for the English language version of Khaama Press online. His main responsibility include researching and writing news reports for the sports, tech and entertainment sections.

Life could exist on a planet near a dead star 117 light-years away in an “exciting and unexpected discovery”, according to experts in Britain.

A ring of debris studded with moon-sized structures has been seen orbiting close to a white dwarf star — one that has burnt all the hydrogen is used as nuclear fuel — known as WD1054-226 in the Milky Way.

If confirmed, this would be the first time that a potentially life-supporting planet has been found orbiting such a star, called a “white dwarf”.

The planet was detected in the star’s “habitable zone”, where it’s neither too cold nor too hot to sustain life.

Prof Jay Farihi of University College London, who led the study, said the observation was completely new to astronomers.

“This is the first time that anything has been seen in the habitable zone of a white dwarf. And thus there is a possibility of life on another world orbiting it,”

They are usually the size of a planet and emit a bluish-white light when first formed.

The possible planet, which is 117 light-years away from Earth, is thought to be 60 times closer to the star than our planet is to the Sun.

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