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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:22 AM

The Sun Will Turn Into a Giant Crystal Ball After It Dies


By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | January 9, 2019 01:18pm ET

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An artist's illustration of a white dwarf in the process of solidifying.
Credit: University of Warwick/Mark Garlick

Billions of years in the future, our dead sun will morph into a giant cosmic jewel, a new study suggests.

Like the vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy, the sun will eventually collapse into a white dwarf, an exotic object about 200,000 times denser than Earth. To put that in perspective: A mere teaspoon of white-dwarf material would weigh about as much as an elephant, if you could somehow transport the stuff to our planet.

Half a century ago, theorists predicted that white dwarfs solidify into crystal over time and the new research has found that this is indeed the case. [Death of a Sunlike Star: How It Will Destroy Earth (Infographic)]

"All white dwarfs will crystallize at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner," study lead author Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay, a physicist at the University of Warwick in England, said in a statement.

More:
https://www.space.com/42949-sun-crystal-white-dcwarf-stars-lifecycle.html



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Judi Lynn Jan 11 OP
True Dough Jan 11 #1
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:36 AM

1. There will be a lot of

disco dancing on Earth the day that happens!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:56 AM

2. I can't wait to see that

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:00 AM

3. By the time that happens the molecules that make up the earth will probably be scattered.

Some might end up inside the sun and become part of the crystal where as others might be blown into space to go on to make up new stars and new planets.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:42 PM

5. You planning on being around then too?

We should get together then.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:44 AM

4. Wow.

Thanks Judi for the cool stories.

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