Part 2 of the '2012 Planetary Dragon Series!!!'
Sorry guys, I meant to upload this over the weekend - a few days late, heehee.
So, this here is the White Dwarf Star's twin brother...the Black Dwarf Star! Does...does such a thing as a 'black' star...even exist?
Well...technically...no, actually. A Black Dwarf Star is literally a hypothetical concept of what happens at the end of a White Dwarf Star's life.
(For those of you who don't remember/know, a white dwarf star is the tiny, extremely hot, burning remnant from a star roughly the size of our sun. They occur when a star of about one solar mass - the mass of our sun - expands into a red giant, and then burns itself out and basically shrinks, since the gases inside of it cannot continue pressing out the width of the star, and all that's left is a tiny, white-hot, flickering core...)
So what happens when that tiny, white-hot, flickering core burns out? Scientists actually aren't sure! It is actually theorized that the time for a white dwarf to burn out is longer than the current age of the universe
itself, so we have no definite information to date. How long is the current estimated age of the universe? Ah, only about 14 /billion/ years old.
BUT, that doesn't mean that no black dwarves exist! They are/would be just /extremely/ difficult to detect, as, hence their name, they would emit little to no radiation. Scientists would be able to detect black dwarves nearly solely via their gravitational interference on other stellar objects...and even THAT would be very miniscule, due to their tiny size!
Do not confuse black dwarves with red dwarves, brown dwarves, white dwarves, black holes, or neutron stars. Mainly because...black dwarves are entirely different, and also hypothetical, though a lot of discussion about them is similar to the other named phenomena.
So, to the art! Instead of going with the tiny, lonely white dwarf that I did in the series' previous installment, I instead decided to compare a Black Dwarf Star Dragon meeting a Red Giant Star Dragon face-to-face! Or...body to eye?! Really to show the scale of these things...and my picture here doesn't even do justice to the scale of space. If this picture were to real-scale, even if the Red Giant Dragon were at the same size it is now, you wouldn't even be able to see the Black Dwarf Dragon
, not to mention, say, our entire freaking Solar System.Just wait 'til that Red Giant becomes a Black Hole... o3o
The first series gallery folder: [link]
The second series folder: [link]
The third series folder: [link]
This series folder:[link]
Art/series (c) me.
Rippers will be nuked and swiftly disposed of!