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Two dying stars reborn as one (w/ video)

White dwarfs are dead stars that pack a Sun's-worth of matter into an Earth-sized ball. Astronomers have just discovered an amazing pair of white dwarfs whirling around each other once every 39 minutes. This is the shortest-period ...

dateApr 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Habitable planets and white dwarfs

( -- The search for habitable planets similar to Earth has routinely focused around active nuclear burning stars. However, in a recently published paper by Eric Agol from the University of Washington, the idea ...

dateMar 22, 2011 in Astronomy report
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Unique eclipsing binary star system discovered

( -- Astrophysicists at UC Santa Barbara are the first scientists to identify two white dwarf stars in an eclipsing binary system, allowing for the first direct radius measurement of a rare white dwarf composed ...

dateMay 19, 2010 in Astronomy
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Watery, rocky planets may be common in the Milky Way

( -- An international team of astronomers have discovered compelling evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy. Leicester University scientist and lead researcher Dr Jay Farihi surveyed white dwarfs, ...

dateApr 13, 2010 in Astronomy
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