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.
NASA: Hubble Space Telescope
Goddard Space Flight Center: White Dwarf Stars
Hyades Star Cluster
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
The Royal Astronomical Society
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