giant star


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Related to giant star: red giant star, Supergiant Star
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a very bright star of large diameter and low density (relative to the Sun)

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Red giant stars, on occasion, collide with their companion star and that could lead to removal of up to 90 percent of the red giant stars' mass.
Burst of light Images from the Palomar Observatory in California show a giant star exploding (bottom).
Further evidence for this was obtained from the late-type giant star, which was not undergoing roche lobe overflow and whose spectral characteristics remained unchanged during the outburst.
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Many stars are born in binary systems so an expanding red giant star will sometimes collide with an orbiting companion star.
Arcturus is a giant star, with a surface temperature of 3600K, markedly cooler than the Sun.
Perhaps this was due to Joel's impressive recent outside broadcast for the kids' TV show, where he was given the job of going up in a crane to apply the giant star to the top of Trafalgar Square's huge Christmas tree.
Community volunteers worked with artist Adam Strickson at the weekend to create a giant star using natural materials found at the Lower Spen Nature Reserve, between Dewsbury Moor and Ravensthorpe.
We infer that K3-35 is being observed at the very moment of its transformation from a giant star to a planetary nebula," the researchers say.
In the journal Nature, they suggested the heavy elements were thrown out from a giant star which exploded and collapsed into a black hole.
Astronomers have used a very long Chandra observation of the remnant of Kepler's supernova to deduce that the supernova was triggered by an interaction between a white dwarf and a red giant star.
The enormous W50 cloud formed when a giant star, 18,000 light years away in the constellation of Aquila, exploded as a supernova around twenty thousand years ago, sending its outer gases flying outward in an expanding bubble.
Though vastly different in scale, a giant star near the end of its life and a clump of lithium atoms chilled to a temperature near absolute zero may share a similar fate.
At issue, explained lead study author and doctoral student Ben Shappee, is the identity of the white dwarf's companion - is it another white dwarf, or a giant star, or even a star like our sun?
The team, who have been studying meteorites for more than five years, concluded that the strikes were caused by high-energy gamma rays that are thought to be given off when a giant star dies.