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Sep 28, 2020

Astronomy Cast 579: White and Black Dwarf Stars

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

I've got some bad news for you. Stars die. At some point in the next few billion years or so our Sun is going to start heating up, using up all the fuel in its core, and then eventually die, becoming a white dwarf. It'll then slowly cool down to the background temperature of the Universe, becoming a black dwarf. Let's learn about this fascinating process.