The Hubble Space Telescope captures a dead star in cosmic cannibalism

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

Astronomers used archival data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories for analyzing the spectral properties of the White Dwarf Star G238-44. Elements discovered on the star’s surface show that the dead star is sucking debris from the interior and exterior of its system.