One day our sun will solidify into a giant crystal orb

Credit: Getty ImagesWhen the sun dies, it’s going to turn into crystal.A study recently published in Nature shows that in 10 billion years, after the sun runs out of fuel to burn, its core will become a white dwarf star made up of crystal — metallic oxygen and carbon. And the sun won’t be alone. Roughly 97% of stars in our sky will also turn into crystals when they die. This makes our universe precious indeed, all thanks to a special cooling process inside each star that turns them to crystal at high temperatures, similar to how water turns into ice here on Earth. “This is a relatively simple chemical experiment, like looking at the temperature of water ice when put into a freezer, but for white dwarfs the time scale is the full history of the universe,” wrote lead author Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in an email to Seeker. Astronomers love white dwarfs already, not just because of their precious interiors, but because they are some of the oldest

One day our sun will solidify into a giant crystal orb

Our sun and billions of stars just like it are headed for a strange, cold destiny.

Mon 14 Jan 19 from Phys.org

Astronomers have seen dying stars slowly crystallise and turn solid

Data from the Gaia satellite has revealed that the oldest stars in the Milky Way are crystallising as they cool down, a process that will take billions of years

Wed 9 Jan 19 from Newscientist

Astronomers discover first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of Warwick, and our skies are filled with them.

Wed 9 Jan 19 from Phys.org

Thousands of stars, including the sun, could turn into huge crystals - CNET

Long after it's murdered everything we've ever known, our star will become a delicate floating beauty, a new study says.

Thu 10 Jan 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

The Sun Will Turn Into a Giant Crystal Ball After It Dies

The superdense stellar corpses known as white dwarfs solidify into crystal spheres over time, a new study suggests.

Wed 9 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

Earth's Sun Will Turn into a Pure Crystal Ball Before It Dies

Before a star dies, it first turns to crystal.

Wed 9 Jan 19 from Livescience

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