this artist’s conception, a tiny rocky object vaporizes as it orbits a white dwarf star. Astronomers have detected the first planetary object transiting a white dwarf using data from the K2 mission. Slowly the object will disintegrate, leaving a dusting of metals on the surface of the star. Credit: CfA/Mark A. Garlick – See more at: http://www.astrobio.net/topic/deep-space/cosmic-evolution/nasas-k2-finds-dead-star-vaporizing-a-mini-planet/#sthash.Uej1arNc.dpuf