What is a black dwarf made of?

1 Answer
May 24, 2018

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dwarf

Because the universe is not old enough to have any black dwarf stars a black dwarf is just a theory.

It is the cooled remnants of a white dwarf star.


A black dwarf is a theoretical stellar remnant, specifically a white dwarf that has cooled sufficiently that it no longer emits significant heat or light. Because the time required for a white dwarf to reach this state is calculated to be longer than the current age of the universe (13.8 billion years), no black dwarfs are expected to exist in the universe now, and the temperature of the coolest white dwarfs is one observational limit on the age of the universe.[1]

The name "black dwarf" has also been applied to substellar objects that do not have sufficient mass, less than approximately 0.08 M☉, to maintain hydrogen-burning nuclear fusion.[2][3] These objects are now generally called brown dwarfs, a term coined in the 1970s.[4][5] Black dwarfs should not be confused with black holes, black stars, or neutron stars.