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Two stars merged to form massive white dwarf

by University of Warwick, Phys.org

A massive white dwarf star with a bizarre carbon-rich atmosphere could be two white dwarfs merged together according to an international team led by University of Warwick astronomers, and only narrowly avoided destruction.

They have discovered an unusual ultra-massive white dwarf around 150 light years from us with an atmospheric composition never seen before, the first time that a merged white dwarf has been identified using its atmospheric composition as a clue.

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These Weirdo Stellar Corpses Have Creamy Centers Filled with Exotic Quantum Liquids

by  Paul Sutter, LiveScience

These cosmic oddballs could put Earthly truffles to shame.

Billions of years from now, when the sun is in its final throes of death (that is, after it has already vaporized Earth), its helium core will collapse in on itself, shriveling into a tightly compressed ball of glowing gas called a white dwarf.

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