Life Cycle of a High Mass Star
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Life Cycle of High-Mass Star
High mass stars use fuel very fast. As a result, we die more quickly and violently.
Leading up to our death, our cores heat up. Heavy elements fuse together, forming iron.
Iron can't release energy through fusion, so our core collapses violently. This causes a shock wave, so our outer shell is blown off.
This is called a supernova. They can be millions of times brighter than we once were.
After a supernova, heavy elements are spewed into space. Some become new stars or new planets.