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What causes some stars to be brighter than others?

What causes some stars to be brighter than others?

A star’s brightness also depends on its proximity to us. The more distant an object is, the dimmer it appears. Therefore, if two stars have the same level of brightness, but one is farther away, the closer star will appear brighter than the more distant star – even though they are equally bright!

Where do stars get their light?

Stars shine because they are extremely hot (which is why fire gives off light — because it is hot). The source of their energy is nuclear reactions going on deep inside the stars. In most stars, like our sun, hydrogen is being converted into helium, a process which gives off energy that heats the star.

Do stars have their own light?

Stars make their own light, just like our sun (the sun is a star — the closest star to Earth). But the stars are very, very far away from our solar system so they appear to be very tiny to us, even though up close they are large. They reflect the light of the sun in the same way our moon reflects sunlight.

What are stars in the sky?

Stars are huge celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium that produce light and heat from the churning nuclear forges inside their cores. Aside from our sun, the dots of light we see in the sky are all light-years from Earth.

What happens when a star exhausts its core hydrogen supply?

What happens when a star exhausts its core hydrogen supply? A) Its core contracts, but its outer layers expand and the star becomes bigger and brighter. A) Its core contracts, but its outer layers expand and the star becomes bigger and brighter.

When a low mass star exhausts its core hydrogen fuel it becomes a red?

After about 100 million years, the star fuses all its core helium into carbon. Then a helium fusion shell forms around this core, and the hydrogen fusion shell remains around that. It then becomes a red giant again and remains like this for a few million years with its outer layers continuing to expand.