artist concept of white dwarf
This artist's concept illustrates a dead star, or "white dwarf," surrounded by the bits and pieces of a disintegrating asteroid. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has found that at least one in 100 white dwarf stars shows evidence of orbiting asteroids and rocky planets.

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