June 20, 2011

A Glimpse of the Death of Our Solar System

University of Leicester, University of Leicester


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Researchers at the University of Leicester are investigating the possible eventual fate of the Solar System by examining ‘white dwarf’ stars elsewhere in our galaxy.

A white dwarf is the last stage in the life cycle of a star like the Sun, after it has contracted to a diameter smaller than that of the Earth. Incredibly dense, one teaspoon of...

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TAGGED: Stellar Evolution, Solar System, White Dwarf Stars

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