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In our continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out the potential for alien life and look for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations,* scientists are getting more and more creative when exploring new star systems they might have otherwise overlooked.

Enter the white dwarf; the "dead" remnant of a sun-like star that ate its entire supply of hydrogen, ultimately puffing up into a violent red giant, leaving a tiny sparkling jewel behind. This tiny, Earth-sized sparkling remnant is the white dwarf, and in approximately 4-5 billion years time, that's what our sun will look like.

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Category: Science