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Life Cycle of Stars: An Information and Activity Booklet
This site contains a booklet about the life cycle of stars. The information covers the birth and ultimate fate of both sun-sized and massive stars. The stellar endpoint of sun-sized stars includes both white and black dwarfs while the endpoint of massive stars includes neutron stars, pulsars, and black holes. This site also contains seven activities which include model building and mathematical calculations. There is also information about the work of Annie Jump Cannon and her work in the classification of stars and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar with his predictions of neutron stars and black holes. Solutions to the activities, a glossary, and links to other resources are also provided.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
If using the HEASARC service made a significant contribution to a research project, please make the following acknowledgement in any resulting publication: This research has made use of data obtained from the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), provided by NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center. Please send a preprint or reprint of the paper to: The HEASARC Code 660.2 NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Maryland, 20771, USA
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-008
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
        • Structure of atoms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center