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Contact: Christine Pulliam
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Artist's Conception of Tidally Disrupted Planet

Caption: In this artist's conception, the doomed world Kepler-56b is being tidally shredded and consumed by its aging host star. New research shows that Kepler-56b will be engulfed by its star in about 130 million years, while its sibling Kepler-56c will be swallowed in 155 million years. This is the first time that two known exoplanets in a single system have a predicted 'time of death'.

Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

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