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Planetary science

The ultimate fate of planets


A planetary system has been found in a startlingly tight orbit around an evolved star. The finding challenges the idea that close-in planets are destroyed as their host star evolves. See Letter p.496

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Figure 1: Possible formation mechanism of close-in planets.


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Kempton, E. The ultimate fate of planets. Nature 480, 460–461 (2011).

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