back to article We're not trying to be rude here but... there's an ice giant stripping down, emitting gas as it orbits a hot white dwarf

A giant planet orbiting a hot white dwarf star has been discovered for the first time. This sighting is significant because it is first evidence of a world surviving its star's transformation into a white dwarf. Here's how it was spotted: when a team of academics, led by Professor Boris Gänsicke at the University of Warwick …

  1. Rich 11

    Yeah, whatever

    By then the only thing remaining will be the Sun as a white dwarf star.

    That's cheered me up a bit. Better to know than not know.

    1. Spherical Cow

      Re: Yeah, whatever

      No more beer :'-(

      1. Rich 11

        Re: Yeah, whatever

        Not even space beer. Just as well we'll all be dead by then.

        1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

          Unless we've found a way to fold space or something by then. If so, we'll be watching the fireworks from a space station in the asteroid belt, or we'll have migrated to another system and left a giant camera in orbit around Jupiter to stream the live feed on the GalNet.

          1. BebopWeBop

            I'll be enjoying my dinner there at the same time. My penny has been invested.

            1. Rich 11

              My penny was hit by the annual fund management charges. Apparently I now owe them £4.2bn and I only signed up the week before last.

          2. DubyaG

            I've already made my reservation at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

  2. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    Yes you are

    And that's the way we like it.

  3. Mike 137 Silver badge


    "The Solar System will probably end its life in a similar way, Gänsicke explained. The Sun will burn all its hydrogen reserves in about 4.5 billion years. After that, it’ll swell into a red giant, and swallow Mercury, Venus, and probably Earth, too."

    We really must do something to avert this crisis! Maybe we should get some kids to skip school until government takes action.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: CRISIS!

      No worries - I have it in hand.

      I'll reveal more details in a billion years or so.

  4. 89724102172714182892114I7551670349743096734346773478647892349863592355648544996312855148587659264921

    Yes but is it as gassy as Uranus?

    1. Wellyboot Silver badge

      strike a light

      It's certainly smelly with all that hydrogen sulfide sulphide about.

      Yes I'm a grumpy old f...

    2. The Nazz

      re 897.....

      Upvoted simply for your persistence. And actually quite funny this time around.

  5. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

    The sun: In 4.5 billion years I'm going to burn earth to a crisp.

    Mankind: Hold our beer, sunny.

    1. Stoneshop Silver badge

      The sun: In 4.5 billion years I'm going to burn earth to a crisp.

      Just have sufficient vinegar at hand.

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: The sun: In 4.5 billion years I'm going to burn earth to a crisp.

        Just have sufficient vinegar at hand.

        Unfortunately, the increasing output of the sun will have evaporated all liquid vinegar in only a billion years or so.

  6. Winkypop Silver badge

    Red Dwarf Insurance, buy now, avoid the rush

    Policies from £50

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