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15.4: Life Cycles of Stars

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black hole

The super dense core left after a supergiant explodes as a supernova.

main sequence star

A star that is fusing hydrogen atoms to helium; a star in the main portion of its life.

neutron star

The remnant of a massive star after it explodes as a supernova.

red giant

Stage in a star's development when the inner helium core contracts while the outer layers of hydrogen expand.

supernova

A tremendous explosion that occurs when the core of a star is mostly iron.

white dwarf

A small to mid-sized star that has collapsed.

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