The Lifecycle of Stars: From Nebulae to Supernovae

How Stars Pop Up in Space 🌟
How Stars Pop Up in Space 🌟
So, stars are basically born from super-packed parts of space clouds. They get squished by their own weight until they're hot enough to start glowing like crazy!
Why Molecular Clouds are Super Cool ✨
Why Molecular Clouds are Super Cool ✨
Think of molecular clouds as cosmic hangouts made mostly of hydrogen gas and dust. They're like the VIP lounges for baby stars to get their start. And the chilliest, shadowy spots, known as Bok globules, are where stars are actually born. 🌟
Jeans Instability
Jeans Instability
So, when a chunk of a cloud gets heavy enough to beat the push of gas pressure, it falls in on itself, kickstarting the whole star-making show. That's what we call Jeans Instability. 🌟
Protostar's Baby Steps 🌟
Protostar's Baby Steps 🌟
So, when those space clouds get all snug and warm up, a baby star (aka a protostar) pops up! It's still not ready to light up through nuclear fusion, though. Picture it chilling in a spinning cosmic crib made of gas and stardust.
How Stars Get Lit πŸ”₯
How Stars Get Lit πŸ”₯
So, a bunch of space stuff squeezes together until it’s super hot (like, over 10 million degrees hot!), and boom – it starts cooking up hydrogen into helium. That’s a star’s energy kitchen, folks!
What Stars Are Made Of 🌟
What Stars Are Made Of 🌟
The weight of a star seals its fate! Big ones live fast and might go out with a bang πŸ’₯, but chill stars like our Sun stick around for the long haul, slow and steady.
Brown Dwarfs: The Cosmic Oddballs 😜
Brown Dwarfs: The Cosmic Oddballs 😜
Brown dwarfs are like the runts of the galaxy family – not quite stars, but too big to sit at the planet table. They're stuck in space limbo because they don't have enough oomph to kickstart fusion. They're the missing link between huge planets and tiny stars!
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Where do stars form?
In mountain peaks
Inside molecular clouds
On planetary surfaces