Artist's view of watery asteroid in white dwarf star system GD 61

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.



NASA, ESA, M.A. Garlick (, University of Warwick, and University of Cambridge.

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:11 October 2013, 10:53
Size:2847 x 2013 px

About the Object

Name:GD 61, WD0435+410
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
Distance:150 light years

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