Life Cycle of a High Mass Star

Updated: 5/3/2020
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.