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The Chandrasekhar limit is the maximum mass of a white dwarf, and is around 1.4 [solar mass]?es.

The heat generated by a star pushes the atmosphere of the star out. As the star runs out of fuel the atmosphere collapses back on the star's core. If the star has a mass below the Chandrasekhar limit this collapse is limited by [electron degeneracy pressure]?, which results in a stable white dwarf. If the star has a mass above the Chandrasekhar limit it has sufficient gravity to collapse past the white dwarf stage and become a neutron star or black hole

The limit was calculated by the Indian physicist [Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar]?.

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Last edited December 12, 2001 10:27 pm by Verloren (diff)