What is the Chandrasekhar limit?

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Nov 21, 2015

The Chandrasekhar Limit is the largest possible mass of a stable white dwarf star.


When a white dwarf star gets too large, there is a supernova explosion, which are the largest explosions that happen in space and briefly outshine the entire galaxy. The Chandrasekhar Limit refers to the largest mass a white dwarf star can have before it explodes.

The Chandrasekhar Limit is named after astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and equals about 1.4 times the mass of our sun, or 1.4 sols.