Dying stars source of life? Future evidence for extraterrestrial life might come from dying stars

February 28, 2013

Illustration by David A. Aguilar/CfA

A new study finds that researchers can detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a habitable planet orbiting a white dwarf (as shown in this artist’s illustration). Here the ghostly blue ring is a planetary nebula — hydrogen gas the star ejected as it evolved from a red giant to a white dwarf.

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Time Magazine Article, Could Tiny Stars Be Home to Mirror Earths?

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