A team of astronomers from the University of Warwick, England, and the University of Valparaiso, USA, recently discovered a giant planet
orbiting around a dead white dwarf star. The discovery of the planet was published in a scientific journal called Nature= on December 4. The newly found planet is over four times larger than the white dwarf. It orbits the star once every 10 days, leaving behind a comet-like tail of gas that consists of hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur. The discovery also suggests that there could be many more planets orbiting around such stars, which are yet to be discovered.