Today, a UCLA-led team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich in carbon and nitrogen, as well as in oxygen and hydrogen, the components of water. The white dwarf is approximately 200 light-years from Earth and is located in the constellation Boötes.

The finding suggests that rocky planets like Earth don’t need to be born with life-giving material — even a The researchers believe that the star picked up these Dwarf star elements after ripping atmosphere up a Boötes   small rock-and-water planet when it veered ingredients  too close. “dry” example orbiting close to its star might pick up those substances through one of these stellar impacts.