Black Dwarf
A small, very dense, cold, dead star. It is made mostly of carbon. This dark star is what remains after a red giant loses its outer layers, forming a planetary nebula and then a white dwarf. The nuclear core of a black dwarf is depleted. Black dwarfs are about the size of a terrestrial class planet. Most typical stars will eventually turn into black dwarfs.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 08 October 2001.