"hypothesize that the star-facing side of the potentially rocky inferno is an ocean of seething magma. The surface melts and evaporates at such high temperatures that the energy from the resulting wind is enough to allow dust and gas to escape into space. This dusty effluence trails behind the doomed companion as it disintegrates around the star."
The doomed companion has not yet been confirmed as a planet, however.
May 19, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA/JPL-Caltech
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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