But now here comes word of what's loosely called a "suicide planet": a huge gas giant being pulled into its star from an insanely close and speedy orbit to begin with:
Suicidal Planet Seems On Death Spiral Into Star
... So why hasn't WASP-18b already gone "poof"? Hellier's team figures that the solar-type star (spectral type F6) is about a billion years old. Yet tidal theory argues that the big planet will edge close enough to be torn apart in well under a million years....
Don't set your DVRs to record this story any time soon, though: Note that the Big Finale is not expected to arrive for a million years, at least...!