MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Extrasolar planet. Artwork of a dying planet being baked by its expanding parent star. The star has swollen into a red giant, and the large sunspots on its surface show it to be highly active. Flares and prominences are seen leaping from the star, which cause the aurorae in the planet's atmosphere at upper right. Two moons of the planet are suffering the same fate at upper right. This same fate will befall Earth in some 5 billion years.
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