Artist's View of Watery Asteroid in White Dwarf Star System GD 61
Artist's View of Watery Asteroid in White Dwarf Star System GD 61
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News release ID: STScI-2013-38
Release Date: Oct 10, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is an artist's impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star GD 61. Similar objects in our solar system likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth and represent the building blocks of the terrestrial planets.


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Artwork, Extrasolar Planets, Hubble Telescope, Planets, Stars, White Dwarfs

Credits

Artwork Credit: NASA, ESA, M.A. Garlick (space-art.co.uk), University of Warwick, and University of Cambridge

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Farihi (University of Cambridge), B. Gänsicke (University of Warwick), and D. Koester (University of Kiel)