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Tech & Science Thousands of stars, including the sun, will turn into huge crystals

14:21  11 january  2019
14:21  11 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years." Crystallisation is the process of a material becoming a solid state, in which its atoms form an ordered structure. University of Warwick. " Thousands of stars turning into crystals ." ScienceDaily.

Crystallisation delays cooling processes, meaning that some stars could be billions of years older than previously thought. The Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.” Crystallisation is the process of a material becoming a solid state, in which its atoms form an ordered

Thousands of stars, including the sun, will turn into huge crystals© CNET

A cross-section of a crystallized white dwarf star.

Eventually, the sun will cool off and become a giant crystal floating through space. It's not a bizarre science fiction plot, but the takeaway of new scientific research published this week in the journal Nature.

You may have heard that billions of years down the road the sun will swell to a ravenous red giant star that will eventually swallow Earth. But long after our planet has been ended, the sun will shrink to a cool white dwarf star and then slowly solidify into a massive white crystal, the study says.

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Crystallisation delays cooling processes, meaning that some stars could be billions of years older than previously thought. The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers They are the remaining cores of red giants after these huge stars have died and shed their outer The Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.”

Crystallisation delays cooling processes, meaning that some stars could be billions of years older than previously thought. The Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.” Crystallisation is the process of a material becoming a solid state, in which its atoms form an ordered

"All white dwarfs will crystallize at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner," Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick's Department of Physics in the UK explained in a statement.

"This means that billions of white dwarfs in our galaxy have already completed the process and are essentially crystal spheres in the sky. The sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years."

A team of astronomers led by Tremblay analyzed observations of 15,000 potential white dwarf stars within 300 light-years of Earth made by the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite. The work verified earlier predictions that such a catalog of white dwarf stars would reveal a number in the slow process of turning from what is essentially a liquid form to a solid state.

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Using models of star evolution, the researchers determined that these dwarfs had all reached a phase where latent heat was being released from According to the new study, though, the heat released during a white dwarf's crystallization phase could slow the star 's cooling by as many as 2 billion years.

Almost all stars end up as white dwarfs, and some of them are among the oldest stars in the universe. They are useful to astronomers because their predictable This includes our own sun , which will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years. Crystallization is the process of a material

"It was predicted 50 years ago that we should observe a pile-up in the number of white dwarfs at certain luminosities and colors due to crystallization and only now this has been observed," Tremblay explained.

Sometimes death can be beautiful, especially when it comes to stars and other cosmic things. But I still wouldn't mind skipping the part where our entire planet is swallowed in the hellacious heat of a massive nuclear furnace we once called the sun. But that's just me.

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