Jason Shilling Kendall

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Module 10: White Dwarfs, Novae and Neutron Stars

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01: White Dwarf Stars

White dwarfs are the end state of most stars around the mass of the Sun. They have amazing properties.

02: Novae and Supernovae Type Ia

White dwarf stars can cause sudden outbursts called novae, and even do a special kind of supernova.

03: Neutron Stars

Neutron stars are the most extreme objects in the universe composed of what we might still call normal matter. Black holes are another thing. These boundary objects have wild properties and have extreme effects on their surroundings. Forged in the instantaneous fire of a core-collapse supernova, they are awesome objects.

04: Pulsars, X-ray Binaries and Kilonovas

Neutron stars make themselves known by their spin. They create a huge magnetic dynamo that powers the emissions seen in X-rays and gamma-rays. They can also do similar thing like we saw with novae, but with much more extreme results.