A disintegrating minor planet transiting a white dwarf

  title={A disintegrating minor planet transiting a white dwarf},
  author={A. Vanderburg and J. Johnson and S. Rappaport and A. Bieryla and J. Irwin and J. A. Lewis and D. Kipping and Warren R. Brown and P. Dufour and D. Ciardi and R. Angus and L. Schaefer and D. Latham and D. Charbonneau and C. Beichman and J. Eastman and N. McCrady and R. Wittenmyer and J. Wright},
  • A. Vanderburg, J. Johnson, +16 authors J. Wright
  • Published 2015
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Most stars become white dwarfs after they have exhausted their nuclear fuel (the Sun will be one such). Between one-quarter and one-half of white dwarfs have elements heavier than helium in their atmospheres, even though these elements ought to sink rapidly into the stellar interiors (unless they are occasionally replenished). The abundance ratios of heavy elements in the atmospheres of white dwarfs are similar to the ratios in rocky bodies in the Solar System. This fact, together with the… CONTINUE READING
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