Washington, April 25 ( ANI ): The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), set to be launched by NASA in 2018, will be capable of detecting oxygen and water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a white dwarf after only a few hours of observation time-much more easily than for an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sun-like star, say researchers.
What does WD stand for?
WD stands for White Dwarf
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While the tiny white dwarf is physically smaller than the red dwarf, it is more massive.
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics (CfA) say life could be detected within the next 10 years on planets orbiting white dwarf stars.
Out of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, only a handful of merging white dwarf systems is known to exist.
Most scientists say Type 1a supernovae are formed when a white dwarf star -- the collapsed remnant of an old star -- becomes unstable after it exceeds its weight limit.
Most scientists agree a Type 1a supernova occurs when a white dwarf star -- a collapsed remnant of an elderly star -- exceeds its weight limit, becomes unstable and explodes.
Scientists predict that white dwarfs should have oxygen-rich cores.
The 127 contributions are organized into eight sections: white dwarf structure and evolution; white dwarf mass distribution and luminosity function; white dwarfs in stellar clusters and the galactic halo; white dwarfs in large surveys; atmospheres, abundances and magnetic fields; white dwarf dust disks and planetary systems; white dwarfs in binaries; and variable white dwarfs.