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What is a White Dwarf?

  1. BizGenGirl profile image89
    BizGenGirlposted 6 years ago

    What is a White Dwarf?

  2. NathanielZhu profile image73
    NathanielZhuposted 6 years ago

    A sun that has ended it's life cycle. It's hydrogen has been nearly entire exhausted and is mainly left with a core of iron. The only stage beyond a white dwarf is a black dwarf where it runs out of energy to light up.

  3. lmarsh1203 profile image59
    lmarsh1203posted 6 years ago

    A small star.  White dwarfs are super dense and composed of carbon and oxygen. A White dwarf is very hot when it first forms, but gradually cools to become a black dwarf.

  4. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 6 years ago

    A white dwarf, also called "degenerate" star, is a "dead" star which has spent its fuel of hydrogen and then helium, converting the bulk of these into elements like carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. It is ultra-dense, having collapsed much of the space within the matter composing the burnt out husk.

    This is the end stage of stars in the medium-small mass range roughly equivalent to that of our sun. Too small, and the star (a red dwarf) will not have enough mass to compress into a white dwarf.

    A more massive star will end its life as either a neutron star or black hole, likely after a supernova explosion.

    Some white dwarfs result in supernovae because of massive amounts of matter being dumped on the super hot, dense dwarf.

    After billions of years, perhaps even trillions, the white dwarf will cool off becoming entirely cold and dark -- a black dwarf, not to be confused with "black holes."

  5. EQTactics profile image60
    EQTacticsposted 6 years ago

    A White Dwarf is a so-called "degenerate star" that is formed when a sun-like star dies. It is the core of the sun-like star.