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Coolest White Dwarf Is a Glimpse of What Happens Long After Our Sun Dies

19 Feb 2019, 20:32 UTC
Coolest White Dwarf Is a Glimpse of What Happens Long After Our Sun Dies
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All good things come to a cold and dusty end.

[NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger]

“So, what do you think happens after you die?”

The question was more of an accusation. She was sitting across from me at a Christmas dinner a friend of mine was hosting and the previous query was one about my religion. She obviously wasn’t impressed by my response.

Granted, it probably wasn’t the ideal setting to say that I was an atheist, but I wasn’t going to lie either.

“Um, well…” I remember feeling vulnerable when I responded, especially as I’d only just met half the dozen people in the room, including the lady opposite, but I remember thinking: stick with what you know, Ian. So, I continued: “When I’m dead, all the elements from my body will remain on Earth,” — I didn’t want to go into much detail about my real plan of having my remains blended up into a jar and then launched into space (more on that in a future post, possibly) — “and those elements will get cycled through the biosphere through various biological, chemical and physical processes for billions of years. Eventually, however, all good things must ...

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