Nasa states, “Stars are the most widely recognised astronomical objects and represent the most fundamental building blocks of galaxies. The age, distribution and composition of the stars in a galaxy trace the history, dynamics and evolution of that galaxy. Moreover, stars are responsible for the manufacture and distribution of heavy elements such as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. Consequently, the study of the birth, life and death of stars is central to the field of astronomy.”
As part of their GCSE course, Year 10 Separate Science students, have been looking into the life cycle of stars. They have made some excellent visual flow diagrams that show the life cycle of a star being the same size as our sun, as well as showing the life cycle of a star much more massive than the sun.
How many of these stages have you heard of? Ever wondered what a black hole or a supernova is? Check out NASA’s website below for more information.