Giant planet orbiting a white dwarf

Another day, another amazing planet! This week also saw an exciting announcement about a giant exoplanet orbiting very close to a white dwarf — possibly the first such planet discovered to survive its star’s death throes. This work was led by Andrew Vanderburg and also includes Caroline Morley and Andreia Carillo. This work used used TESS and Spitzer data, and included a high quality HET spectrum to confirm the nature of the white dwarf. This research was published Sept. 16 in Nature. You can read the press release here:

and the full article at Nature:

or the freely available version on the pre-print arXiv:

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