What Is the Upper Limit to the Mass of a White Dwarf?

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The Chandrasekar's limit is what is the upper limit to the mass of a white dwarf. Beyond this, the star will not be stable. Once it goes above the limit, the star will burst into a supernova.
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If a star is above the Chandrasekhar limit of about 1.4 solar masses, then the star cannot maintain its size due to the repulsive forces of the atomic nuclei; the star will collapse
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1.4 solar masses (2). That is called Chandrasekar's Limit; that much degenerate matter in one place is unstable, and will explode in a gigantic fusion reaction called a type 1A supernova
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Into a sphere only about 10km across. A white dwarf is
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Alan, There is an upper limit for the simple reason that beyond such a limit there is one more possible demise of the star in question. Which is, to become a black hole. Regarding
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