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Scientists get gruesome look at how sunlike stars eat planets

Scientists have known for years that one day, the sun will expand into a red giant and engulf its closest planets. A new study now explores how these devoured planets can influence the processes inside the dying star. 

When stars the size of the sun run out of hydrogen in their cores, they balloon into red giants that may be more than ten times larger than the original star. As these red giants engulf the planets that orbit them, all sorts of things can happen. 

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