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Chapters Eighteen / Nineteen. Questions for the Day. What are stars born? How do stars evolve? How do stars die?. How are stars born?. Stars are born from interstellar medium. Disturbances from motion of the galaxy and other stars in the medium cause cores to form.

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Questions for the Day

  • What are stars born?

  • How do stars evolve?

  • How do stars die?


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How are stars born?

  • Stars are born from interstellar medium.

  • Disturbances from motion of the galaxy and other stars in the medium cause cores to form.

  • Proto-stars form from the cores.

  • Enough pressure causes the fusion.




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Steps of a Star Birth

  • Cloud Collapse

    • External Heating

    • Gravitational Disturbances

  • Core Formation

    • Unknown why clumps form.

  • Protostar Formation

    • Central section of cores collapse.






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Young Stars

  • A star is considered a star when the core is producing fusion.

  • Types

    • Brown Dwarf: A Failed Young Star

    • Beta Pictoris: A Normal Young Star

    • T Tauri: An Active Young Star


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Brown Dwarf

http://www.darkstar1.co.uk/dwarfs.jpg








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Observations of the Solar System

  • The planets revolve counterclockwise around the sun; the sun rotates in the same direction.

  • The major planets, except Mercury and Pluto, have orbital inclinations close to the plane of the solar system.

  • Except for Mercury and Pluto, the planets move in orbits that are nearly circular.


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Observations (cont.)

  • Except for Venus, Uranus and Pluto, the planets rotate counterclockwise, in the same direction as their orbits.

  • The planet’s orbital distances from the sun follow a regular spacing.

  • Most satellites (moons) follow the same direction and lie close to the plane of the planet.


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Observations (cont.)

  • Some satellites follow the regular spacing rule.

  • Long-period comets come in all inclinations, but all other objects are fairly well behaved.

  • All Jovian planets have rings.




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How do stars live/die?

  • Protostar

  • Nuclear Fusion

  • Main Sequence

  • Red Giant

    • Vertical Giant Branch (Mira Variables)

    • Horizontal Giant Branch (Cephied Variables)




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Ages of Stars

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~imamura/122/lecture-8/Open_isochrones.jpg


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Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram

http://www.aw-bc.com/info/bennett/images/hrdiagram.jpg








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Mira Variables

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/M/Mira_variable.html


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Henrietta Leavitt

  • 1868 – 1921

  • Born in Lancaster, Massachusetts

  • Daughter of Congregational Church father

  • Graduated and went to work at Harvard a “computer”.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/Leavitt_aavso.jpg


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Henrietta Leavitt’s Work

  • Worked under Pickering along side Annie Jump Cannon.

  • In 1912, she published a study of variable stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

  • She found a Period-Luminosity relationship for Cephied Variable in the cloud.






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Homework 9

  • Describe the processes behind creating a star.

  • Describe the life time of both a B-type and M-type star. Why do they differ in their evolution. Defend the astronomical technique of studying star clusters.

  • Page 436 CQ 2, 7, 9, 16 Figure Based Question 1

  • Page 462 CQ 8, 15, 20


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