Probing the Galaxy with Dead Stars

Probing the Galaxy with Dead Stars

White dwarf stars are the final evolutionary state of most stars. They are everywhere in the Galaxy and are relatively easy to model. So can we learn about our Galaxy solely by studying them? The authors of today’s paper show us a way.
Image credits: ESO/Y. Beletsky.

Living Under a Dying Star

Living Under a Dying Star

When stars move on to their final stages of life, the habitable zone around them moves outward, putting planets like Jupiter and Saturn into the habitable zone. Do these outer planets have enough time to develop life before the star dies?