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Remarkable White Dwarf Star Possibly Coldest, Dimmest Ever Detected

A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallized, forming -- in effect -- an Earth-size diamond in space.

“It’s a really remarkable object,” said David Kaplan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “These things should be out there, but because they are so dim they are very hard to find.” 

Read the full press release from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
 

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