In the nearby Hyades star cluster, a pair of dead stars is surrounded by dust particles that resemble the building blocks of rocky planets. These particles allow astronomers to study the chemical makeup of planetary building material, and suggest that planet formation may take place even around burnt-out or failed stars.

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.

RELATED LINKS

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope
nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html

Goddard Space Flight Center: White Dwarf Stars
imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l2/dwarfs.html

Hyades Star Cluster
princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Hyades_(star_cluster).html

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
ast.cam.ac.uk/

The Royal Astronomical Society
ras.org.uk/

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