Author: JJ Hermes

A class of supernova survivors

Group members and collaborators have laid claim to a new class of zombie stars that are shattered remnants of thermonuclear supernova that did not fully disrupt the white dwarf! Led by Roberto Raddi at Dr.Karl-Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg, we have now published at least three likely members of this new class of star named after the prototype […]

White dwarf core crystallization

Last year we published in Nature the most comprehensive evidence that white dwarf stars, at the end of their lives, solidify into crystals! The research is best summarized in this quote from Deborah Netburn of The Los Angeles Times: “New research suggests that long after our roiling, boiling life-giving star runs out of fuel, it […]