Life after death for planets orbiting white dwarfs

New modelling to inform the search for life on other planets.

A big orange sun with a blue blob coming out of it
When the Sun evolves to become a red giant star, the Earth may be swallowed by our star's atmosphere, and with a much more unstable solar wind, even the resilient and protective magnetospheres of the giant outer planets may be stripped away. Image credit: MSFC / NASA