Small, but full of life?

Credit: SDSS

UCLA-led team uses Keck Telescope to discover object in the constellation Boötes with carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen

Many scientists believe the Earth was dry when it first formed, and that the building blocks for life on our planet — carbon, nitrogen and water — appeared only later as a result of collisions with other objects in our solar system that had those elements.

Today, a UCLA-led team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich in carbon and nitrogen, as well as in oxygen and hydrogen, the components of water. The white dwarf is approximately 200 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation Boötes. … (Keck)

Credit: SDSS

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