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1 Stars

2 The Universe forms The Big Bang explosion/expansion released vast amounts of energy. The energy slowed, cooled, and matter formed. Large areas of gas and dust formed Nebulas. Nebula gas clouds are the nurseries where stars are born.

3 Nebula gas cloud forms (draw)

4 A star is born Gravity pulls some of the gas and dust in a nebula together. The contracting cloud is called a protostar. Proto is the earliest stage of a star’s life. A star is born when the contracting gas and dust become so hot that nuclear fusion starts. The star now enters Main sequence where it produces energy from hydrogen.

5 A star is born

6 Lifetimes of Stars Before they can tell how old a star is, astronomers must determine its mass. How long a star lives depends on how much mass it has. 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. Stars that have less mass than the sun use their fuel slowly, and can live for about 200 billion years. Medium- mass stars like our Sun live for about 10 billion years.


8 Death of Stars When a star begins to run out of fuel, the center of the star shrinks and the outer part of the star expands. The star becomes a red giant or supergiant. All main sequence stars eventually become red giants or super giants. However, what happens next depends on the mass of the stars. When a star runs out of fuel, it becomes a white dwarf, a neutron star, or a black hole.

9 Red Giants & Super Giants

10 White Dwarf Small and medium stars become red giants and then white dwarfs. Their outer layers expand to become red giants. Eventually, the outer parts grow bigger still and drift out into space. The blue white hot core is left behind causing a white dwarf. When there is no more energy it becomes a black dwarf.

11 White Dwarf & Black Dwarf

12 Neutron Stars A dying giant or supergiant star can suddenly explode. Within hours, the star blazes millions of times brighter. The explosion is called a supernova. After a star explodes, some material from the star is left behind. This material may become part of a nebula. This material may form a neutron star. Neutron stars are even smaller and denser than white dwarfs.

13 Neutron Star

14 Black Holes The most massive stars- those having more than 40 times the mass of sun- become black holes when they die. After this kind of star becomes a supernova, more than five times the mass of the sun may be left. The gravity of this mass is so strong that the gas is pulled inward, packing it into a smaller and smaller space.

15 Black Hole

16 Review lives of stars Stars form in a nebula from collapsing clouds of interstellar gas and dust. The rest of the life cycle depends on the mass of the star

17 Sun-like and Smaller Stars
Due to the mass, pressure, and heat of the star, fusion occurs (hydrogen is fused together releasing light and heat) Stars the size of our sun can undergo fusion for 10 billion years. As the hydrogen runs out and helium undergoes fusion, the star turns into a red giant. After all of the helium undergoes fusion, it becomes a white dwarf. As the fuel continues to dwindle the star eventually becomes a black dwarf.

18 Huge Stars (1.5-3X the mass of the sun)
The remnants (left over's) of the explosion could become a neutron star Stars this size usually undergo fusion for less time than the sun-like stars. As the hydrogen runs out and helium undergoes fusion, the star turns into a super giant. Supergiant can suddenly explode into a supernova.

19 Giant Stars (over 3X the mass of the sun)
A dying supergiant can explode into a supernova. As the hydrogen runs out helium and undergoes fusion, the star turns into a supergiant. Due to the immense mass, the material may be pulled by gravity inward, packing the gas so tightly a black hole is formed.

20 Any Questions?

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