Pan of LAWD 37

Hubble has used microlensing to measure the mass of a white dwarf star.

The dwarf, called LAWD 37, is a burned-out star in the centre of this Hubble Space Telescope image that is featured in this pan video. Though its nuclear fusion furnace has shut down, trapped heat is sizzling on the surface at roughly 100 000 degrees Celsius, causing the stellar remnant to glow fiercely.

The white dwarf has a ‘spike’ because it is so bright that the light ‘bled’ into the Hubble camera’s CCD detector. This interfered with one of the observing dates for measuring that background star’s position on the sky.


NASA, ESA, P. McGill (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz and University of Cambridge), K. Sahu (STScI), J. Depasquale (STScI), N. Bartmann (ESA/Webb)
Music: Mylonite – Breath of my Soul

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Release date:2 February 2023, 16:00
Related releases:heic2301
Duration:20 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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