Stars are astronomical bodies that are (usually) mainly composed of Hydrogen, Helium, and Lithium. They are massive enough that their gravity compresses the matter to the point where nuclear fusion occurs, which creates a lot of heat and tends to make stars output radiation along a blackbody curve. ...

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How does the energy of a supernova compare to that of its parent star?

How can the energy produced in a supernova be quantified? And, if the energy of the supernova is not equal to the energy of the parent star, how do we account for this difference?
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Distances between stars and their sizes

At the begining I wish to apologise for naive question, but one thing puzzles me. Let's say we observe two stars that have average brightness. One can easily see that they are not points, but those ...
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Does a singularity appear the instant a black hole is formed? [duplicate]

Imagine a very heavy (tens of solar masses) star in its final moments before collapsing to form a black hole. The gravitational force exerted by the weight of the star overcomes the neutron degeneracy ...
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Dependence of low res spectrum of binary system on phase

How much a low resolution spectrum of a binary star system depends on the phase of the system? i.e., what's the difference in the spectrum if star1 is ahead of star2 or star2 is ahead of star1 or ...
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Are there star systems orbited by stars? [closed]

I never really heard about such occurencies and now asked my self if this could be possible. So could there be systems with a star (or black hole) that is so heavy that other less heavy stars are ...
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Why is the cut off mass for massive stars 8 solar masses? Why can't it be 10-11 solar masses or so?

I know that stars having a mass greater than or equal to 8 solar masses are termed "massive stars". But why is the cut-off 8 solar masses?
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How can a low-mass star increase its mass to 1.4 Msun?

In my astronomy class I learned that a only low-mass stars (< 0.5 Msun) will contract, and then become degenerate, until it is a white dwarf. However, we also learned about the Chandrasekhar limit, ...
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Why aren't the hottest stars mostly invisible due to radiating mostly in ultra-violet? [duplicate]

The hottest stars have surface temperatures in the range of 40,000K. Wolfram Alpha says that such a star acting as a black body should radiate almost no energy in the visible spectrum. Why then do ...
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How to calculate the force of gravity that wants to collapse a star?

In astrophysics, the pressure created by the outflow of energy from the interior of the star counteracts the force of gravity that wants to collapse the star. If I want to calculate this force for a ...
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How much energy does proton - carbon 12 fusion produce?

Page 25 of this document from the California Institute of Technology says that proton-carbon 12 fusion releases 7.54 MeV, while Wikipedia says it releases 1.95 MeV. Which one is correct?
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Cepheid light curves

I've got the light curve of a Cepheid variable. How can I derive (mathematically, not by eye) its period and its average apparent magnitude? i.e., in what form should the best fit curve be? I've read ...
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Period-Luminosity relationship in Cepheid variables

I'm investigating the period-luminosity relationship in Cepheid variables. I know such a relationship has already been discovered; however, I'm trying to figure it out by myself as part of a school ...
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Could it be possible for man to create a star? [closed]

If it were possible for us to create a star or a new sun, how could it be done, or how would it have to be done?
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How do stars from far away affect Earth?

I know that we obviously get light (or we wouldn't be able to see them), but are there any other ways that they affect Earth and maybe just our solar system in general?
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Has a stellar blackhole more mass than previously?

What is the coefficient of mass gained/lost by a star in its first phase transitioning into a blackhole. Does the blackhole have more or less mass than the star it was made from? Thank you Regards
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If our eyes see at the speed of light, how do we know about the current states of stars and galaxies far away?

As you guys know that we see at the speed of light, it means that we see the past of stars and galaxies. So say a star went supernova right now, how are we able to know current state of that star that ...
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Would a grid of $10^{57}$ hydrogen atoms collapse?

Assume we have a gridded cube of $10^{57}$ hydrogen atoms, with all atoms 1mm apart from other atoms. This 'cube cloud' is in an area of space that would otherwise be at zero g, were it not for the ...
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Classification of binary star system

I'm not an astrophysicist, but I'm studying a binary star system and I need some clarification about star classification. The spectrum seems to be F8V-like. The absolute magnitude is between 12 and ...
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Dust mass-loss rate from a massive star given a set of parameters?

I've been looking for examples at how mass-loss rates are determined. I'm studying a circumstellar dust shell ejected from a Wolf-Rayet star. I have some parameters like, expansion velocity of the ...
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Observation of a dying star

Looking far away mean looking back in time. Stars evolve and then after long time they die. Some of them evolve in supernova. Other than this case, when looking at the sky with telescopes, are there ...
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How do we know what happens to stars during their life cycle?

It is common knowledge than Sun-sized stars will eventually become red giants, and later they will get gradually smaller again until they cool down into a brown dwarf, and that bigger stars can ...
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Why does a light wave fade as it travels through space?

It stands to reason: if it didn't, the entire sky would be covered with stars shining blindingly day and night. But what causes a light wave (or an electromagnetic wave) to fade if there are no ...
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Is sun a black body? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that sun is a black body but after reading at various sites whre they say that sun is not a black body but has black body radiations because it cannot absorb all radiations.
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We say Light is Red-Shifted or Blue-shifted from faraway stars and galaxies [closed]

We say Light is Red-Shifted or Blue-shifted from faraway stars and galaxies. Can we find out the distance at which it changed its frequency. So in another solar system, it might seem to be Green ...
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Why do astronomers call all elements heavier than helium “metals”?

I understand that a scientific term need not be constrained by its etymology. But is there some significant reason why astronomers choose to call all elements heavier than helium "metals"? Are ...
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Eccentric binary black holes

Comparable-mass binary black hole inspirals and mergers are expected to be an important source of gravitational wave signals for current and future ground-based detectors. It is generally expected ...
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Why only binary star system produce ripples in space-time (gravitational waves)?

I saw a statement being made in a video, but it didn't explain why. It originally said, "stars orbiting each other does not create gravitational waves, binary system of two massive stars or black hole ...
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Why do neutron stars have solid crusts?

A long time ago I read that neutron stars have a solid crusts that are several orders of magnitude harder/stronger than alloys here on the Earth. So how is this possible ? A neutron star has a ...
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Sound speed vs Speed of sound

Are 'sound speed' and 'speed of sound' the same thing? If not, what is the difference? If they are, could you clarify how the speed of sound applies in the below description of gaseous clouds? ...
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What percentage of the energy in a dust cloud must be lost before it can collapse into a star?

With reference to this previous question about how dust clouds can collapse to form stars: How is hydrostatic pressure overcome when a star is formed? The answer given is that they must radiate away ...
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How is hydrostatic pressure overcome when a star is formed?

If stars are formed by the collapse of dust clouds under gravity, how is the pressure of the dust cloud overcome? As more material gathers together, gravity will increase, but pressure will also ...
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Why does the core of a low mass star contract after reaching electron degeneracy?

I am learning about the lives and deaths of stars with a solar mass of 0.4-2. What I understand is that once the star stops hydrogen fusion after using up all its hydrogen, the star leaves the main ...
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Why can I always see a star? [duplicate]

Light moves along straight lines... Got it. So if the light from that faraway star is traveling in a straight line, and that beam is, considering the distaces involved, at best one or two photons ...
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Which is the mechanism through which dying stars shed their outer atmosphere and leave behind their core? [closed]

I was looking into neutron star creation and I read that when a star dies, it expells its outer atmosphere and leaves behind a really small really dense nucleus (a white dwarf if the first star was a ...
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If entropy is positive, then why do stars form from nebulae?

Sorry if I have so many misconceptions with this questions, but I guess that's the point of asking questions. If entropy, the measure of disorder, is always positive, then how come a star could form ...
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Good books or resources for Stellar Astrophysics at graduate level?

I wanted to know if there is a well established resource in the field of Stellar Astrophysics which is not very outdated. I have seen plenty of books at my university library but I do not know if ...
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How long would it take to see the nearest star die?

If you were in the general proximity to the nearest star to Earth (besides the Sun) and you saw it turn to a neutron star or black hole at the very end of it's star cycle, how much longer would it ...
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How to calculate how much energy a body gets from a star?

Okay, so I could swear that I've seen an equation before for this (which I believe involved the Stephen-Boltzmann constant.) But now that I actually need it, much like my reading glasses I can't seem ...
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How much of the Solar convection zone is completely ionized?

I was reading about the energy transportation in stars here, and I found this: "The outer portion of solar mass stars is cool enough that hydrogen is neutral and thus opaque to ultraviolet photons, so ...
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Is it possible for a planetary system to orbit around something that wasn't a sun?

Say for example that at the center of our solar system you replaced the sun, with something that wasn't a star, lets say that it was electrified and still produced the same amount of heat, would that ...
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What is meant by the velocity of a star?

I recently read somewhere that among other things like size, radius, distance from earth, luminosity, age, etc of a star, velocity was another variable. What is exactly meant by the velocity of a ...
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Are we looking at single stars, or solar systems?

When looking at the night sky, the stars we can see just look like single dots. Are they alone in space- each one a single object? Or, when we look at a star, are we actually looking at a distant ...
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What would a star look like that was the most oblate possible?

This question about why is the Sun so spherical and it's corresponding answer made me wonder: If some younger stars that are rotating faster than the sun are more oblate, then how oblate are they? ...
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During the “Dark Ages” of the Universe's evolution, how lumpy (anisotropic) and dynamic was the mass distribution?

In the dark ages between recombination (~0.4 Myr post-BB) and reionization (~300 Myr post-BB) of atoms, there was not any condensed-phase matter (except maybe some form of dark matter), nor radiation ...
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Why did formation of the first stars (population III) not happen earlier?

Was it the cooling of the universe? Naively, I would expect the lowering density to work against star formation.
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How to calculate the radius of a main sequence star based on mass?

What would I need in addition to the mass to figure out the radius of a main sequence star?
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Do solar systems typically spin in the same direction as their galaxy?

Is the net angular momentum vector of our solar system pointing in roughly the same direction as the Milky Way galaxy's net angular momentum vector? If yes or no, is that common for most stars in the ...
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Why Does The Moon Apear White/Grayish and The Sun Yellow? [duplicate]

The Sun, as we all know, is white. Because our atmosphere scatters light the sun appears yellow to us hear on earth. So, why isn't the moon also yellow. Doesn't our atmosphere scatter its light. How ...
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What is the definition of the “stellar angular diameter” in stellar astronomy?

(Following the definitions here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/astro-ph/0509535.pdf ) What is the "stellar angular diameter", as measured by astronomers specializing in stellar astrophysics? Using the ...
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Using stellar spectroscopy to measure stellar parameters, why is it log g?

Stellar spectroscopy can in principle measure the stellar surface gravity, radii, effective temperature, and stellar rotation. Why is it that surface gravity g is ...