Elyse Hornstein

Artist rendering of Dwarf star. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech Fermilab scientists Douglas Tucker of SCD and William Wester of PPD, visiting Professor J Allyn Smith from Austin Peay State University, and interns Samuel Wyatt and Mees Fix identified a cataclysmic variable star while looking for white dwarf stars as part of [the commissioning phase for] the Dark Energy Survey. “They’re not unusual, but they’re really interesting scientifically,” says Smith. “[This type of star] is the progenitor of a Type I supernova,” although…