The Hubble Space Telescope captures dead stars in cosmic cannibalism

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered evidence of a white dwarf star devouring rocky and icy material from its own system, suggesting that water and other volatiles may be common in the outer parts of planetary systems.

Astronomers used archive data from The Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories to analyze the spectral properties of white dwarf star G238-44. The elements discovered on the star’s surface show that the dead star absorbs debris from the system’s inner and outer range.