Can there be a red dwarf and a white dwarf in the same star cluster?
- daniel gLv 79 months ago
There are, HST has a load of images of such.
- PaulaLv 79 months ago
a red dwarf is simply a low mass star. There are doubtless many in that cluster.
a white dwarf is the result of a higher mass star that has run out of hydrogen to fuse. Stars the mass of our sun, or greater would have evolved into white dwarf stars by now. (the Messier 92 cluster is estimated to be nearly as old as the universe - perhaps 13 billion years old)
- Ronald 7Lv 79 months ago
Of course they can
They are basically both aged Stars
A sign of what they once where being born in a Nebula
- cosmoLv 79 months ago
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- 9 months ago
Yeah, that's possible. Red dwarfs hang around for a *very* long time - up to a trillion years in some estimates... and, a white dwarf is the final stage of a sun-like star, which live about 10 billion years; since the universe is older than that, (and, since we see other white dwarfs that exist) - it's possible.
- CarolOklaNolaLv 79 months ago
Maybe, but clusters dissipate fairly quickly, so there may not be enough Time for a low mass star like the Sun to go through the red giant stage and the helium flash become a white dwarf star with a planetary nebula before the cluster dissipates.
- A Yahoo UserLv 79 months ago
Sure. (Why not?)