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Binary white dwarf stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- When a star like our sun gets to be very old, after another seven billion years or so, it will no longer be able to sustain burning its nuclear fuel.

dateMay 04, 2011 in Astronomy
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Ancient white dwarf stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- Pushing the limits of its powerful vision, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope uncovered the oldest burned-out stars in our Milky Way Galaxy in this image from 2002. These extremely old, dim "clockwork ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Astronomy
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Into the eye of the helix

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Helix Nebula, NGC 7293, lies about 700 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius (the Water Bearer). It is one of the closest and most spectacular examples of a planetary nebula.

dateFeb 25, 2009 in Astronomy
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White Dwarf Stars Consume Rocky Bodies

“I love rocky road… So won’t you buy another gallon, baby…” Yeah. We all love rocky road ice cream, but what do stars like to snack on? In the case of the white dwarf star it would ...

dateAug 16, 2011 in Astronomy
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Are stellar explosions created equal?

Cosmic distances are difficult to grasp and no less difficult to measure. When it comes to other galaxies or even remote parts of our own Milky Way, distance measurements are nothing but assessments, derived from indirect ...

dateAug 22, 2011 in Astronomy
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Pan-STARRS discovers two super supernovae

Supernovae are the brightest phenomenon in the current universe. As massive stars die as supernovae, they briefly outshine the rest of the stars in their galaxy and are visible, at least once the light gets ...

dateJul 22, 2011 in Astronomy
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A cosmic inkblot test

(PhysOrg.com) -- If this were an inkblot test, you might see a bow tie or a butterfly depending on your personality. An astronomer would likely see the remains of a dying star scattered about space -- precisely ...

dateAug 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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Dead Stars Tell Story of Planet Birth

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have turned to an unexpected place to study the evolution of planets -- dead stars. Observations made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal six dead "white dwarf" stars littered ...

dateJan 05, 2009 in Astronomy
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