Release 1040 of 1,091

Merger of Two White Dwarf Stars

Release date: Jun 24, 1992 12:00 AM (EDT)

This artist's illustration shows three steps in the merger of a pair of white dwarf stars. The illustration depicts how planets may form around massive white dwarfs and is based upon theoretical studies by astronomers Mario Livio, Jim Pringle, and Rex Saffer of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.