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A star died, and in its death throes, killed off its planets, NASA Hubble Space Telescope shows

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A dying star has ripped apart an entire planetary system, reveal scientists. Dubbed as G238-44, this white dwarf is disrupting an entire planetary system by consuming the rock-metallic and icy material.

This cosmic phenomenon known as cosmic cannibalism has been observed for the first time with the help of archival data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA observatories.

The astronomers gathered the findings based on the analysis of material captured by the atmosphere of the white dwarf. A white dwarf is usually very dense and about the size of a planet.

It is formed when a low-mass star exhausts most of its nuclear fuel expands and then all that is left is a white dwarf.Ted Johnson, lead researcher and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate, said in a press statement, “We have never seen both of these kinds of objects accreting onto a white dwarf at the same time.

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