Night Sky Course ‘lab’ – Fun with Stellar Evolution

In order to get a sense of how stellar mass influences the evolutionary path of stars, here’s a lab exercise to try (on a cloudy night)

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Here’s a capture of what happens to a star at 10 solar masses:
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Use this link http://rainman.astro.illinois.edu/ddr/stellar/intermediate.html to try out :

10 Solar Mass
5 Solar Mass
0.5 Solar Mass…

For more information, you can download this : Stellar Evolution – A gentle introduction