A seemingly unrelated question how do high mass stars

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Unformatted text preview: gly unrelated question... How do high mass stars die? High mass stars explode! During the explosion the star is as bright as an entire galaxy! In this case the remnant is NOT a white dwarf, but either a neutron star or a black hole Supernova 1987a Was visible from the southern hemisphere! Supernova 1987a was not typical In general, supernovae have a well understood spectrum Supernovae help us understand the expansion rate of the universe. The Universe is Accelerating today! Exploding stars have a well understood pattern of light emission Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 In general, supernovae have a well understood spectrum Supernovae help us understand the fate of the universe today! more soon... Degeneracy pressure goes away in the core because electrons combine with protons during the supernova ... And more star forming clouds are born. Heavier elements from the blast are the “dust” in the clouds which can collect to form “Earths” and life Where do the heavier elements come from? How do high ma...
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