The Death Of A Star

1241 WordsNov 17, 20155 Pages
Palacios 1 Kimberly Palacios English 1A-60 Professor Kathleen Gurnett 29 October 2015 Just Like Humans If a person was to be asked to describe our life stages, they would probably say something like “people are born, they live, and then they die.” Of course, they aren’t wrong, but we humans go through beautiful stages before reaching death. We go through stages such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. In many ways, Stars are just like humans. They also go through astonishing stages, all leading up to its death. The death of a star will probably be one of the most beautiful and terrifying moments we wont get to witness. But our sun being such a key factor in our everyday life, is reason enough to know the importance of its life cycle and the process it will undertake as it begins to perish. But in order to understand how and why a star dies we first must ask ourselves: what exactly makes up a star? We might look at the sun and think “Hmm, well it just looks like a big ball of fire to me.” Good! The sun is a big ball of fire, but it doesn’t burn exactly like fire, it’s more a burning glow. This glowing heat, which is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, is not produced by burning like in a chemical reaction but rather by fusion like in a nuclear reaction. Now, to understand how the sun enters the final stage of its life cycle, it is important we fully understand how the sun was created. For humans, one of the earliest stages of life is birth. A human is
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