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Release No.: 2011-09
For Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 9:00am

Two Dying Stars Reborn as One

pair of white dwarf stars orbiting each other

CfA astronomers have found a pair of white dwarf stars orbiting each other once every 39 minutes. In a few million years, they will merge and reignite as a helium-burning star. In this artist's conception, the reborn star is shown with a hypothetical world. An accompanying animation shows the merger process.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)