Sometimes stars eat worlds… Sometimes they spit them out

Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
5 min readJul 9, 2023

A few years ago, an audience member pointed out that I always seem a little too happy when discussing death and destruction from the sky. I’m not actually excited about our universe trying to kill off humanity, I’m excited about science, and it just turns out that a lot of science involves… the universe trying to murder us in myriad different ways.

8 UMi: The star that didn’t eat its planet

One of the weirder puzzles of astronomy is the presence of large planets snuggled up next to their stars. In young solar…

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Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.

Astronomer, technologist, & creative focused on using new media to engage people in learning and doing science. Opinions & typos my own.