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The Cosmic Mystery Tour$
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Nicholas Mee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198831860

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198831860.001.0001

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Diamonds in the Sky!

Diamonds in the Sky!

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(p.101) Diamonds in the Sky!
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The Cosmic Mystery Tour
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Nicholas Mee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0013

After consuming their nuclear fuel, most stars lose their outer envelopes and all that remains is the collapsed core of the star, an object known as a white dwarf. Ever since Galileo pointed a telescope at the night sky, each advance in telescope making has resulted in sensational discoveries. Alvan Clark & Sons ground some of the biggest telescope lenses ever made. Alvan Graham Clark discovered Sirius B while testing one of these lenses. Eddington deduced that Sirius B has a size similar to that of the Earth, but with the mass of the Sun, and was an example of a new class of stars—white dwarfs. The easiest white dwarf to see with a telescope orbits the star Keid. In Star Trek, the planet Vulcan orbits the star Keid A.

Keywords:   Sirius B, Star Trek, white dwarf, Eddington, Alvan Clark & Sons, Galileo

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