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Release No.: 2014-13
For Release: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:40am

Because You Can't Eat Just One: Star Will Swallow Two Planets


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."

David A. Aguilar (CfA)