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October 10, 2013 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-38

Water-rich Planetary Building Blocks Found Around White Dwarf

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Image: 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 61STScI-PRC2013-38 Artist's Concept

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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.

Image Type: Artwork

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)