The birth, the life, and the death of a star

I’m not sure which I find more astonishing – that we can actually describe the life of our sun, both past and to come, or the fact that anybody in the world who has access to the internet can watch a six-minute U-tube video of the life cycle of a star similar to our sun.

Our own sun is the source of all our energy on earth, so when it finally burns out, life – at least life resembling anything we have thus far remotely  imagined – will disappear completely.  

That may be something to worry about, but one can take some consolation in the fact that the sun still has another two billion years to run.

In the meantime, here’s a preview of what it will be like:


About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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2 Responses to The birth, the life, and the death of a star

  1. Mike says:

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Don’t pay for your electricity any longer…
    Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

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