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Scientists are for the first time seeing a distant planet being slowly eaten by its parent star. Researchers led by Dr Carole Haswell from Britain's Open University are watching, as the doomed world, WASP-12b is being torn apart by a star very similar to our Sun. WASP-12 is a yellow dwarf star 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga.
It may also be one of the shortest lived, with only about 10 million Earth years left before it's completely devoured.
The planet orbits so close to its parent star that a year lasts just over one Earth day and it's superheated to nearly 1600°C.