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Then Mack saw some of the stars grow and change color as if they were turning nova or white dwarf.
William P. Young  --  The Shack
  astronomy:  the collapsed remnant of a star with approximately the mass of the Sun crammed into the size of the Earth which has exhausted the fuel for its nuclear reactions and shines only by radiating away its stored-up heat
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A compact star, typically with a mass between about one half and slightly more than one solar mass (but less than 1.4 solar masses) and a radius comparable to that of the Earth. The density of white dwarf matter is about a million to 10 million times that of water. White dwarfs are the burned-out stellar remnants of formerly normal stars of modest mass (less than eight solar masses) that have exhausted their nuclear fuel.

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The Sun is expected to become a white dwarf at the end of its life.
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  • Then Mack saw some of the stars grow and change color as if they were turning nova or white dwarf.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • A two-wheeled cart went rumbling past them, pulled by a white dwarf elephant.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I have also brought out a carrot for Bugsy, the black-and-white dwarf rabbit that’s not so little.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • (NEBULAE, CLUSTERS, STREAMS, BINARIES, GIANTS, MAIN SEQUENCE, AND WHITE DWARFS) DISPERSE.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man

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  • When that sally got no response, he lapsed back into silence, contemplating the rolling rump of the white dwarf elephant ahead of them.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Volantis was overrun with white dwarf elephants.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • For half a heartbeat he thought he glimpsed Illyrio Mopatis, but it was only one of those white dwarf elephants passing the front door.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
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