post-common envelope

Closely-Orbiting Stellar Companions Surrounded by “Mystery Dust”

by Jason Major November 14, 2012

Artist’s concept showing a dust disk around a binary system containing a white dwarf and a less-massive M (red) dwarf companion. (P. Marenfeld and NOAO/AURA/NSF) Even though NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft — aka WISE — ran out of coolant in October 2010, bringing its infrared survey mission to an end, the data that it […]

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