Artist’s impression of WD 1856b. In this illustration, WD 1856b, a giant planet, orbits its dim white dwarf star every day and a half. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Foretelling one possible (distant!) future for our own Solar System, a giant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting close to a white dwarf star. This discovery shows that it is possible for Jupiter-sized planets to survive their star’s demise and settle into close orbits around the remaining stellar ember, near the habitable zone.