Astronomers have made the first direct detection of water in a rocky body that once orbited a sun-like star.
Astronomy lets us peer into some of the strangest corners of physics in a way that are incredibly hard (or impossible) to reproduce in a laboratory setting. For example, a recent discovery of pulsations from a massive white dwarf star … Continue reading →
Hubble has discovered rocky remains of planetary material 'polluting' the atmospheres of two white dwarfs. Continue reading →
What happens when you combine a white dwarf with an M dwarf star? A possible answer to a supernova mystery.
Given their withering radiation and tidal stresses, white dwarfs are unlikely places to go looking for inhabited worlds -- but don't rule them out either.
White dwarfs may technically be the remnants of dead stars, but could they provide a steady, long-term energy source to alien life?
Could a white dwarf's spin save it from supernova doom?
We know of only one doomsday event that will definitely wipe out Planet Earth -- when the sun runs out of fuel, it will swell and we will become solar chum.
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