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1 The Universe… …is space and everything in it.
…is space and everything in it.

2 Important Key Terms star Protostar planetary nebula
barred-spiral galaxy absolute magnitude elliptical galaxy spiral galaxy irregular galaxy luminosity Hertzsprung-Russell diagram apparent magnitude main sequence star universe red giant star red supergiant star white dwarf star neutron star black dwarf star black hole galaxy stellar nebula

3 Galaxies A galaxy is a cluster of stars, gas, and dust that are held together by gravity. There are three main types of galaxies: Irregular Elliptical Spiral

4 Types of Galaxies – Irregular…
Some galaxies do not have definable, regular shapes and are known as irregular galaxies. They contain young stars, dust, and gas.

5 Types of Galaxies – Elliptical...
Elliptical galaxies look like flattened balls. These galaxies contain billions of stars, but have little gas and dust between the stars. Because of the lack of gas and dust, new stars cannot form in most elliptical galaxies, and so they contain only old stars.

6 Types of Galaxies –Spiral…
Spiral galaxies consist of a flat, rotating disk with stars, gas, and dust and a central concentration of stars, known as the bulge. The bulge is surrounded by a much fainter halo of stars. Contains middle aged stars

7 Reflection Questions What are galaxies? What is a nebula?
What force helps a star begin to form? What are the types or categories for galaxies?

8 Types of Galaxies – Barred Spiral…
Our Milky Way galaxy has recently (in the 1990s) been confirmed to be a type of spiral galaxy known as a barred spiral galaxy. Our Sun is located at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

9 Nebulae (plural for Nebula)
Stellar Nebula- A gigantic cloud of gas and dust from which stars are made; sometimes called a “Stellar Nursery” Planetary Nebula- When a star runs out of fuel to burn, its outer layers of gas are blown outward in the shape of a ring.

10 Stars A star contains hydrogen gas that forms helium through a process known as nuclear fusion. Stars form when gravity pulls together gas and dust from stellar nebula. It releases enormous amounts of energy which causes the star to become very hot and glow. Vary in mass, size, and temperature Held together by gravity.

11 A Star is Born… A star is made up of a large amount of gas, in a relatively small volume. A stellar nebula, on the other hand, is a large amount of gas and dust, spread out in an immense volume. All stars begin their lives as parts of stellar nebulas.

12 A Star is Born… Gravity can pull some of the gas and dust in a nebula together. The contracting cloud is then called a protostar. A star is born when the contracting gas and dust become so hot that nuclear fusion begins.

13 Lifetimes of Stars… Before they can tell how old a star is, astronomers must determine its mass. Medium mass stars, such as the Sun, exist for about 10 billion years. These are known as main sequence stars.

14 Lifetimes of Stars… Stars with more mass have shorter lives than those with less mass. Small stars use up their fuel more slowly than large stars, so they have much longer lives, about 200 billion years.

15 Lifetimes of Stars… Stars form in a stellar nebula, from collapsing clouds of interstellar gas and dust. This is called a protostar. The rest of the life cycle depends on the mass of the star. When a star runs out of fuel, it will become a white dwarf, neutron star, or black hole.

16 Main Sequence Stars… Main Sequence is the stage in which stars spend the majority of their lifetime. Small and medium stars first become red giants. Their outer layers expand during the red giant phase. Eventually, the outer parts grow bigger still and drift out into space.

17 Main Sequence Stars... The blue, white, hot core is left
behind causing a white dwarf. When there is no more energy, it becomes a black dwarf. It is the remaining burnt-out cinder left, as the star goes out.

18 The explosion is called a supernova.
A dying giant, or supergiant star, can suddenly explode. Within hours, the star blazes millions of times brighter. The explosion is called a supernova.

19 Neutron Stars… After a star explodes, some material
from the star is left behind. This material may become part of a planetary nebula. The core will compress and form a neutron star. Neutron stars are even smaller and more dense than white dwarfs.

20 Reflection Questions What forms black holes?
What kind of stars become white dwarfs? What is the outcome of a star running out of fuel? What is the closest star to the Earth?

21 Black Holes… The most massive stars may have more than 40 times the mass of the Sun. One might have more than five times the mass of the Sun left, after it becomes a supernova. The gravity of this mass is so strong that the gas is pulled inward, packing it into a smaller and smaller space. These massive stars become black holes when they die.

22 Star Life Cycle

23 Generally speaking, there are two main life cycles for stars.
The factor which determines the life cycle of the star is its mass. 1 solar mass = size of our Sun Any star less than about three solar masses will spend almost all of its existence in what is called the “Main Sequence”. One solar mass is the mass of our Sun. About 90% of all stars are like this. If a star is more than three solar masses when it is “born” or formed, it will spend much less time on the Main Sequence, have a much shorter life span, and “die” or end violently. Once a star is born, it is set in a specific life cycle, and the outcome will not vary. Main Sequence Stars

24 Stellar Nebula (a star nursery)
Space may seem empty, but actually it is filled with thinly spread gas, mostly hydrogen, and dust. The dust is mostly microscopic grains of carbon and silicon. In some places, this material is collected into a big cloud of dust and gas, known as a nebula. Stars form from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. All stars begin in a nebula. The dust and gas that makes a nebula comes from past exploded stars. This material is called interstellar medium. Stars begin to form in high density areas of the nebula. Huge amounts of gas and dust condense and contract under its own gravity. Stellar Nebula (a star nursery)

25 Some gas and dust is pulled by gravity to the core
Some gas and dust is pulled by gravity to the core. As the region of condensing matter heats up, it begins to glow. This is called a protostar. Temperature rises, and nuclear fusion begins. This is the “birth” of the star. Nuclear fusion is the atomic reaction that fuels stars. Fusion in stars is mostly converting hydrogen into helium. Stars that are up to 1.5 times the mass of the Sun are called “Main Sequence” stars and will burn for a long time. If there is enough matter in the core and the temperature reaches 15 million °C, fusion begins. Think of stars as giant nuclear reactors. Nuclear fusion is the atomic reaction that fuels stars. In fusion, atom nuclei combine together to make a larger nuclei which forms a different element. The change of elements by fusion releases large amounts of energy. This energy makes the stars hot and bright. Fusion in stars is mostly converting hydrogen into helium. Stars smaller than our Sun can convert only hydrogen into helium during fusion. Medium-sized stars, like our Sun, can convert helium into oxygen and carbon, when all the hydrogen is used up. If a protostar does not reach a temperature hot enough to begin fusion, it will stay cool and dim. It is called a brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are objects which are too large to be called planets and too small to be stars. They were first discovered in It is now thought that there might be as many brown dwarfs as there are stars. Sun-like Stars

26 A red giant is a large star that is reddish or orange in color.
It represents the phase in a star's life when its supply of hydrogen has been exhausted and helium is being fused into carbon. This causes the star to collapse, raising the temperature in the core. The outer surface of the star expands and cools, giving it a reddish color. Red giants are very large, reaching sizes of over 100 times the star's original size. A star may remain in the main sequence until all of the hydrogen has been fused to form helium. This can take 10 billion years. The core begins to contract and heat up. This extra heat allows helium to fuse into carbon. The outer layers of the star expand and cool. Since it is cooler, it will shine less brightly. The expanded star is now called a red giant. Remember, that something that is “white hot” is much hotter than something that is “red hot”. A red giant can exist for about 100 million years. After this time, the red giant is mostly carbon. The Sun is predicted to become a red giant in approximately 5–7.5 billion years. When our Sun expands to a red giant, its radius will be about 200 times larger than it is now. This means that it will expand through the orbits of Mercury and Venus. Earth will not be able to support life when it is located that close to the Sun. Red Giant

27 Planetary nebulae form when a main sequence star grows into a red giant and throws off its outer layers and the core collapses. The term "planetary" comes from the 19th century, when astronomers saw what looked like a new planet in their primitive telescopes. This was a time before people knew that there were different types of galaxies. The name has stuck ever since. The next fusion process would be to fuse the carbon into iron. The problem in this star is that there is not enough pressure in the core to do this. Because the outward pressure of energy is no longer maintained, the core collapses and sends a shockwave outwards. This causes the star's outer layers to be cast off and form a planetary nebula. These nebulas get their mostly circular shape because the material is thrown off the star in a roughly symmetrical pattern. Planetary Nebula

28 The collapsed core left when a red giant loses its outer layers is called a white dwarf.
It is made of pure carbon that glows white hot with leftover heat from the spent fuel. It will drift in space while it slowly cools. It is the size of Earth, but very dense. A teaspoon of the material would weigh as much as an elephant. The remaining core, 80% of the original star, is now in its final life stages. The core is called a White Dwarf. The core has much less mass because it has lost its outer layers. Any planets that the star would have had revolving around it, would have done one of the following: moved to much farther orbits been completely ejected from the system been engulfed by the star in the expanded red giant phase The star eventually cools and dims. White Dwarf

29 A black dwarf is a white dwarf star that has cooled completely and does not glow.
It will drift in space as a frozen lump of carbon. The star is considered “dead”. Black Dwarf When the star stops shining, as a result of using up all of its fuel, it is considered a dead star.

30 Massive Stars

31 Stellar Nebula (a star nursery)
All stars form from collapsing clouds of gas and dust found in a nebula. Stellar Nebula (a star nursery) All stars begin the same way. They form in a Stellar Nebula from interstellar dust and gas,

32 Massive stars are stars that are between 1
Massive stars are stars that are between 1.5 to 3 times the mass of the Sun. A star with a much greater mass will form, live, and die more quickly than a main sequence star. Massive stars follow a similar life cycle as small and medium stars do, until they reach their main sequence stage. This occurs because the gravity squeezes the star's core and creates greater pressures, resulting in a faster fusion rate. The stars shine steadily until the hydrogen has fused to form helium. This takes billions of years in a small/medium star, but only millions of years in a massive star. Massive stars use their fuel much faster than smaller stars do. Massive Stars

33 A red supergiant glows red because its outer layers have expanded, producing the same amount of energy over a larger space. The star becomes cooler. Red stars are cooler than blue or white stars. A supergiant has the pressure needed to fuse carbon into iron. This fusion process takes energy, rather than giving it off. As energy is lost, the star no longer has an outward pressure equal to gravity pushing in. Gravity wins, and the core collapses in a violent explosion. When massive stars deplete their hydrogen, the remaining helium atoms are converted into carbon and oxygen. In the next million years, a series of nuclear reactions occur, forming different elements in shells around the core. Carbon and oxygen change into neon, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, and silicon. Later, reactions transform these elements into calcium, iron, nickel, chromium, copper, and others. The core eventually becomes iron. Red Supergiant

34 A supernova is an explosion of a massive star at the end of its life; the star may briefly equal an entire galaxy in brightness. At this point, the mass of the star will determine which way it continues in the life cycle. The core collapses in less than a second, causing an explosion called a Supernova, in which a shock wave blows off the outer layers of the star. When these old, large stars with depleted cores explode in a supernova, they create heavy elements. Heavy elements are considered all of the natural elements heavier than iron. These elements are spewed into space by the explosion. Supernovas can be exceptionally bright. A supernova explosion on July 4, 1054 was so bright that it could be seen in broad daylight for 23 days. Supernova

35 Neutron Star or Black Hole?
If the star is at least 1.5 but less than 9 times larger than the Sun, the core left after the supernova will collapse into a neutron star. This is a star composed only of neutrons. Black Hole If the star is at least 9 or more times larger than the Sun, the core will continue to collapse into a black hole, an extremely dense area with a strong gravitational pull that light can not escape. Neutron Star: At the time of supernova, the central region of the star collapses under gravity. It collapses so much that protons and electrons combine to form neutrons. A neutron star is about 20 km in diameter and has the mass of about 1.4 times that of the Sun. A neutron star is so dense that one teaspoonful would weigh a billion tons. Because of its small size and high density, a neutron star possesses a surface gravity about 2 x 1011 times that of Earth and a magnetic field a million times stronger. Neutron stars can spin 100 times in a second. Pulsars are spinning neutron stars that have jets of particles moving almost at the speed of light, streaming out above their magnetic poles. These jets produce very powerful beams of light. They were discovered in 1967. Black Holes: If the surviving core is greater than three solar masses, it contracts to become a black hole. If a black hole passes through a cloud of interstellar matter, or is close to another “normal” star, the black hole can pull matter onto itself. As the matter is pulled towards the black hole, it gains kinetic energy, heats up, and is squeezed by forces. As it gets hotter, this matter gives off radiation that can be measured. This allows astronomers to find black holes. Neutron Star or Black Hole?

36 Reflection Questions What is the relationship between mass and the lifespan of a star? Where is our Sun located in the Milky Way galaxy? What size star is our Sun? What are the stages of a massive star’s life?

37 Our Sun Our Sun is a medium sized, main sequence star.
It is the closest star to Earth Our Sun

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