In the region of a dying sun, scientists believe there could be a planet capable of hosting life. If confirmed, this would be the first time a potentially habitable planet has been discovered circling a “white dwarf” star.

The findings were published in the Royal Astronomical Society’s monthly notifications. The sighting was unique to astronomers, according to the study’s leader, Prof. Jay Farihi of University College London. Massive stars become black holes when they die, whereas smaller stars, such as our Sun, become white dwarfs, or stars that have burned through all of their nuclear material and lost their outer layers. When they first form, they are the size of a planet and radiate a bluish-white light. The hypothetical planet is 117 light years from Earth and 60 times closer to the star than the Sun.

Although the presence of the planet has not been proven, the movement of 65 Moon-sized objects about the white dwarf’s habitable zone suggests it exists. The distance between the structures remains constant, indicating that they are affected by the gravity of a nearby planet.