Star LIfe

Star LIfe

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  • Believe it or not, the stars in the sky all go through life cycles like you and me.
  • It stars with a molecular cloud, or stellar nursery, where gravity makes dust and gas condense into stars.
  • The stars begins to fuse elements together in its core. This fusion fights against the always-present force of gravity pushing in. The star lives in this stage for most of its life. It may even have planets!
  • Over time, the star will run out of elements to fuse. It may begin to fuse heavier elements together and become a red giant. Eventually, gravity will win. The shell of the star will explode off into a nebula, and the star will become a dense white dwarf.
  • Sometimes, the shock of fusion ending is so overwhelmed by the force of gravity that the star can implode on itself, which is called a supernova. For a few seconds, this can be bright enough for light years around.
  • So the next time you take a look outside, remember that those stars are all going through life cycles.
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