Starring the Stupendous Stars

Are all stars actually stars?

Introduction

Have you ever wondered about stars and if they are actually stars? I have found a lot of information on Black Holes, Shooting Stars, and Red giants. Like many other things stars have a life cycle. This is the order: 1. Nebula 2. Star 3. Red Giant 4. Red Dwarf 5. White Dwarf 6. Supernova 7. Black Hole. Here are some quick facts before we start. There are more stars in the universe then there are grains of sand on a beach. Every star you see in the night sky is bigger and brighter than our sun. All the information in this essay I think you will find amazing and even a little bit mind blowing. Now lets get started!

Chapter 1- Black Holes

What are black holes? Is it actually a hole? There are lots of questions waiting to be answered and some might even get answered right now. One very scary thing is ... a black hole could destroy the earth and not only the earth. If you got too close to a black hole you would get pulled apart! You may be wondering how a black hole is formed. It is formed when a massive star dies. Our sun is a big star and luckily it won't ever become a black hole, but it will turn in to something else that you will find out later in this essay. One more amazing fact is ... even though a black hole is called a black hole it isn't actually a hole.
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Chapter 2 - Shooting Stars

Shooting stars are a very interesting topic to study. You will probably find this chapter very interesting. Usually shooting stars look like they are going to go on and land on the earth. Really they are just going through the stars. Every once in a while a meteor will fall down to the earth. But not usually. Shooting stars aren't actually stars they are just meteors. The heat and light comes from the friction as it falls through the air. Shooting stars are many shapes and sizes. They can be as big as a boulder or as small as a grain of sand. A shooting star called Mira traveled at 291,000 miles per hour.
What are Shooting Stars? | Q & A | Kids video show | Tell Me Why

( this video is also a reference)

Chapter 3 - Red Giants

Do you ever wonder what a red giant is? Well it is a star that runs out of hydrogen. It uses helium instead, the helium makes it burn brighter. In about 5 billion years the sun will become a red giant. Red giants could swallow too close planets while expanding. A red giant is made up of carbon and oxygen in its core, helium burning , and a shell. Red giants get their name from their appearance of a red color, and that they get very giant. A red giant can weigh one half to ten times as much as the sun! Wow, red giants are truly amazing!
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Fun Facts

  • Some stars are 600,000 times as bright as our sun
  • Our sun is a green star
  • Stars don't actually twinkle
  • The nearest star to the earth is the sun
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The Green Sun

Conclusion

In conclusion I think that stars are a very interesting topic to study. There are many different types of stars. Some stars aren't actually stars, they may say in the name that they are stars. For example, shooting "stars" say stars in the name but they are actually meteors. Also, black holes are when a massive star dies. A red giant is when a star runs out of hydrogen and uses helium instead. I hope you enjoyed my essay!

Glossary

Massive - adj. - consisting a large mass

Hydrogen - noun - a colorless, odorless, flammable gas

Helium - noun - the type of air you use to fill up balloons

Universe - noun - all of space and everything in it including stars, planets, galaxies, etc.

References

  • astronomycafe.net
  • coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu
  • dictionary.reference.com
  • esa.int
  • Hurt, Robert - Mira a real shooting star - video
  • Kidzsearch.com
  • learnersdictionary.com

  • nasa.gov

  • nationalgeographic.com

  • sciencekids.com

  • Sessions, Larry - Top ten things you might not know about stars - website

  • space.com

  • Universetoday.com

Audrey N.

Fourth Grade Student