View Full Version : Unusual Massive White Dwarf Stars Have Oxygen Atmospheres

2009-Nov-12, 09:20 PM
White dwarfs are strange stars, but researchers recently discovered two of the strangest yet. However, these two oddballs are a missing link of sorts, between massive stars that end their as supernovae and small to medium sized stars that become white dwarfs. Somehow, these two once-massive stars avoided the core collapse of a [...]

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2009-Nov-13, 07:37 PM
Fraser. Interesting read. In all probability the oxygen rich dwarfs slowly fade from sight like the Chesire cat's grin. I'd like to see a wandering pulsar strike one of these babies, pushing it over the Chandrasekhar limit, and see what kind of an explosion occurs there... Stan Woosley?

2009-Nov-13, 10:09 PM
That or something to blow huge amounts of O2 off to harvest.