A disc of rocky debris from a disrupted planetesimal

A disc of rocky debris from a disrupted planetesimal surrounds white dwarf plus brown dwarf binary star. The white dwarf is the burned-out core of a star that was probably similar to the Sun, the brown dwarf is only ~60 times heavier than Jupiter, and the two stars go around each other in only a bit over two hours. Credit: 

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/UCL/University of Warwick/University of Sheffield//Mark Garlick

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Id:geminiann17003a
Type:Artwork
Release date:Feb. 23, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
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