Astronomers have discovered a unique and exotic star system with a very cool methane-rich (or T-) dwarf star and a ‘dying’ white dwarf stellar remnant in orbit around each other. The system is a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for T-dwarf stars, giving scientists the first good handle on their mass and age.
Astronomers have found the shattered remains of an asteroid that contained huge amounts of water orbiting an exhausted star, or white dwarf. This suggests that the star GD 61 and its planetary system – located about 150 light years ... Read Post
Astronomers have discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. They found the distant planet with a small fleet of ground-based telescopes no larger than those many amateur astronomers have in their... Read Post
The European Space Agency's XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray telescope has uncovered a celestial Rosetta stone: the first close-up of a white dwarf star, circling a companion star, that could explode into a particular kind of supernova in ... Read Post