Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) and the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) analyzed the so called white dwarfs (WD) and confirmed previous assumptions about their dynamic interactions with planetary systems surrounding them.
"A number of observed features suggest that not only do planetary systems exist around white dwarfs (WDs), but that these systems are dynamically active," the study said.
White dwarfs and their planetary systems may interact in various ways.
The attention of scientists has recently been attracted to the white dwarf named WD 1145 + 017 which is located at a distance of 570 light years from Earth and is about 175 million years old.
Astronomers said they detected the white dwarf while it was in the process of destroying several planets, the first example of a solar system being torn apart by a dead star.
Researchers fear that in several billion years the Sun may turn into a white dwarf and start to destroy the objects around it similar to WD 1145 + 017. In this case, the Sun is likely to destroy the Moon first, followed by the destruction of the Earth and other planets.