Transiting Disintegrating Planetary Debris around WD 1145+017

Kavli Affiliate: Saul A. Rappaport

| First 5 Authors: Andrew Vanderburg, Saul A. Rappaport, , ,

| Summary:

More than a decade after astronomers realized that disrupted planetary
material likely pollutes the surfaces of many white dwarf stars, the discovery
of transiting debris orbiting the white dwarf WD 1145+017 has opened the door
to new explorations of this process. We describe the observational evidence for
transiting planetary material and the current theoretical understanding (and in
some cases lack thereof) of the phenomenon.

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