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5 Fun Facts About Stars

5 Fun Facts About Stars

Very few things are as captivating as a sky full of stars. When we look up at the sky and see the stars, don’t we all feel a lot less lonely? Human beings have been making up stories and theories to explain the stars since prehistoric times. The study of the stars has played a crucial role in the development of science and technology throughout history, inspiring everything from calculus to clockwork. Here are some fun facts about stars.

 

5 Fun Facts About Stars

5 Fun Facts About Stars
5 Fun Facts About Stars

 

  1. Stars actually don’t twinkle: No matter how much we like our nursery rhyme, stars do not twinkle. The light from the stars gets distorted by churning gases in Earth’s atmosphere. And hence we see them twinkling because. Planets don’t twinkle because they are much closer.

 

 

  1. Neutron Star: When the star runs out of fuel, it collapses under its own weight, creating a huge shock wave that compresses the core from the size of our Sun to roughly the size of London. After a giant star goes Supernova, Neutron Stars are formed as extreme stellar residues. These stars can spin at a rate of 600 rotations per second.

 

  1. The farthest star we can see: The farthest star we can reliably see with the naked eye is the obscure V762 Cassiopeiae. It is just visible under dark skies and is around 16,300 light-years away. The farthest most well-known star is Deneb.

 

  1. White Dwarf: Superhot, burnt-out cores of stars are called white dwarfs. It is exposed when a giant star sheds its outer layers. No nuclear fusion left the fuel it, it collapses under its own weight.

 

  1. Colour of the stars: A mix of various wavelengths of light, ranging from high-energy, short-wavelength blue and violet light emitted by the hottest materials, to lower-energy, longer-wavelength red and orange emitted by cooler gases decide the colour of the star. White stars represent an even balance between the two.

Subhangee Guha

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