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Next-gen astronomical survey makes its first observations toward a new understanding of the cosmos

The newly-launched SDSS-V will continue the path-breaking tradition set by the survey's previous generations, with a focus on the ever-changing night sky and the physical processes that drive these changes, from flickers and flares of supermassive black holes to the back-and-forth shifts of stars being orbited by distant worlds. The project’s consortium includes the University of Warwick, which will lead an observational survey of all stars within 325 light years of the Earth - encompassing 350,000 systems, many of which are likely to host planetary systems.

An astro press release from Warwick's press office focussing on research led by our Prof. Boris Gänsicke.

Mon 02 Nov 2020, 10:00 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

Thermonuclear blast sends supernova survivor star hurtling across the Milky Way

An exploding white dwarf star blasted itself out of its orbit with another star in a ‘partial supernova’ and is now hurtling across our galaxy, according to a new study from the University of Warwick.

Press release from Warwick Newsroom

Wed 15 Jul 2020, 11:59 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

White dwarfs reveal new insights into the origin of carbon in the universe

A new analysis of white dwarf stars involving a University of Warwick astronomer supports their role as a key source of carbon, an element crucial to all life, in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom

Tue 07 Jul 2020, 12:00 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs