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The Black Dwarf Dragon by TwilightSaint The Black Dwarf Dragon by TwilightSaint
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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]

Enjoy! :D
Art/series (c) me.
Rippers will be nuked and swiftly disposed of!
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Dracohawk96 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAWWW! I adore this style of dragon! "drrroooooooh." You chose the perfect comparison for him. Thank you also for the brief note on dwarf stars.
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, thank you!
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CreaturesUnity Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Is that Red Giant he's looking at?
He's so adorable. :+fav:
How big is he compared to humans? :confused:
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TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep! ^^ Thanks! Compared to humans...we'd be the size of maybe one pixel? A pixel of a pixel? He's still big, hehe, which puts in perspective how much bigger the red giant is!
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CreaturesUnity Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hooowdomahooow
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Hachigoh Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks so... small and cute, staring into the eyes of red giant...
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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JayPee1997 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
its cute and nice
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:icontwilightsaint:
TwilightSaint Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Artermus9 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! I love it. :D
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