Smaller stars, which can still measure up to seven times the size of our sun, usually end up as white dwarfs, as shown in this file picture. White dwarfs often have a similar mass as our sun but a radius just 1/100 as long, making them incredibly dense. Photo: Nasa

Lonely planet: Sole survivor of stellar apocalypse in distant solar system shocks scientists, but earth still probably doomed

Chinese scientists surprised to find star still hanging on near a white dwarf - an imploded corollary of our sun - suggesting that life can exist in parts of the universe where this was previously deemed impossible. But as it is much further away from its sun than we are to ours, earth’s expected fate remains the same.

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Smaller stars, which can still measure up to seven times the size of our sun, usually end up as white dwarfs, as shown in this file picture. White dwarfs often have a similar mass as our sun but a radius just 1/100 as long, making them incredibly dense. Photo: Nasa
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