3 Different Types of Stars

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The night sky is blessed with countless stars that range from the tiny to awful. Most of the amateur astronomers will search for the large and impressive stars like the blue or red super giants, but there are also tiny stars that are worth a look, such as the tiny brown dwarfs. Additionally, there are less common options like the wolf-rayet stars and neutron stars. Over time more of the universe is being explored which makes it possible to learn and understand more about the different types of stars.

Here are a few of the most common types of stars:

Red Dwarf

The red dwarf stars are one of the smallest stars to have its size accurately measured. They have the potential to last a very long time because of their small size, which is in the region of a trillion years. Also, the dwarf stars have a relatively low temperature which helps to create their red appearance.

If you are looking to spot stars in the sky, the red dwarf stars are a very common but can be difficult to see because of their small size and the fact they only emit a small amount of light.

Blue Giant

The blue giant stars are compact and very large. The high temperature of these stars means that they will burn their fuel quickly and can completely burn out within a period of 10,000 years. This is a very bright star that is easily seen from an extremely long distance. Blue giant stars are quite rare, but because they are so naturally bright they are seen more often than many of the common small stars.

The end of the blue giant stars can be a quite spectacular view. After their natural life span, they will start to grow to an extremely large size until they literally explore to create a supernova. Any explosion taking place in the sky is likely to be the brightest event which means a supernova can be seen from a great distance.

Main Sequence

The main sequence stars are yellow in color like the sun with a medium temperature range. These medium-sized stars have the potential to last for a period of about 10 billion years. Also, the medium temperature means that they are for a shorter period of time compared to the low temperature and small stars like the red dwarf.

When this star reaches the end of its natural life-cycle it will start to expand to a very large size. After a period of time they will start to shrink back to its normal size and leave behind its gas. This gas creates a wonderful cloud that surrounds the star and is known as a planetary nebula.

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