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The Eagle Nebula is a famous example of a cloud where stars are born. This area is called the Pillars of Creation. Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Life and Death of a Planetary System

The Life and Death of a Planetary System

How did we get here?

How do stars and planets come into being? What happens during a star’s life, and what fate will its planets meet when it dies?

Our story begins with unimaginably cold clouds in space that contain the seeds of whole new worlds – stars and planets about to be born.

What happens next? Find out in this new multimedia experience.


Written by Elizabeth Landau

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program

Last Updated: Dec. 14, 2018
Editor: Tony Greicius

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