The Magnetic Personalities Of Dead Stars

The Magnetic Personalities Of Dead Stars

The galaxy is littered with white dwarfs, the burnt out remnants of stars that have run out of hydrogen fuel in their cores, but were too small to explode as supernovae. But far from being lifeless orbs, around a tenth of white dwarfs have powerful magnetic fields, a million times stronger than that of the Sun. How did these magnetic white dwarfs become such strong magnets? And just how many are there. The authors of this paper set out to answer the second of these questions, in the hope that it would shed light on the first.

Cool Stars Have Magnetic Fields Too

Cool Stars Have Magnetic Fields Too

While the Sun is an excellent starting point in a quest to understand magnetism, the authors of today’s paper want more. They take advantage of something only relatively cool stars can have in their atmospheres to study magnetic fields: molecules in starspots.

Tuning in to Radio Exoplanets

Title: Limits on low frequency radio emission from southern exoplanets Authors: Tara Murphy, et al. First Author Institution: Sydney Institute for Astronomy, The University of Sydney, Australia Status: Accepted for publication in MNRAS Astrobites is no stranger to...