Artist depiction of a white dwarf (image courtesy AAS)

The American Astronomical Society recently featured UNC Physics and Astronomy postdoctoral associate and Hubble Fellow J.J. Hermes‘ research surrounding a newly discovered white dwarf. ¬†Designated SDSSJ0837+1856, the white dwarf is “unusually massive,” and its uniqueness allows study of the rotation of intermediate-mass stars such as the progenitor star from which it originated¬†In findings released by a team led by Hermes, Kepler K2 observations yielded measurements that indicate that this white dwarf is the “highest-mass and fastest-rotating isolated pulsating white dwarf known.”

The complete AAS article can be found here.

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