High Mass Stars 
High Mass Stars
by Crash Course
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Date Added: August 11, 2016

Lecture Description

Massive stars fuse heavier elements in their cores than lower mass stars. This leads to the creation of heavier elements up to iron. Iron robs critical energy from the core, causing it to collapse. The shock wave, together with a huge swarm of neutrinos, blast through the star’s outer layers, causing it to explode. The resulting supernova creates even more heavy elements, scattering them through space. Also, happily, we’re in no danger from a nearby supernova.

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Table of Contents
Massive Stars Fuse Heavier Elements Up To Iron 1:15
Iron Uses High Amounts of Energy, Thus Making Stars Collapse 3:58
The Resulting Supernova Creates Even Heavier Elements 10:00
Relax, Something Else Will Kill You 9:04


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Blowing Bubbles chandra.harvard.edu/resources/animations/pne.html [credit: NASA/CXC/April Jubett]
The Sizes of Stars www.eso.org/public/images/eso1030c/ [credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser]
Red giants commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Redgiants.svg [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Alpha Orionis imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-1996-04-a-print.jpg [credit: A. Dupree (CfA), NASA, ESA]
Sun and VY Canis Majoris commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sun_and_VY_Canis_Majoris.svg [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Witch Head Nebula and Rigel www.deepskycolors.com/archive/2009/11/16/witch-Head-Nebula-and-Rigel.html [credit: Rogelio Bernal Andreo]
Layers of a massive star en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:FT2/scc#/media/File:Massive_star_cutaway_pre-collapse_(pinned,_8M%2B).png [credit: Wikimedia Commons]
NASA's Swift Reveals New Phenomenon in a Neutron Star www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/swift/bursts/new-phenom.html#.VcvAYflVhBd [credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center]
What is a black hole? www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-a-black-hole-k4.html [credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss]
The Death of Stars www.spacetelescope.org/videos/hubblecast52a/ [credit: ESA/Hubble]
Giant Mosaic of the Crab Nebula www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_460.html [credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester (Arizona State University)]
Hubble and Chandra spot a celestial bauble www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1018b/ [credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Hughes]
Vela Supernova Remnant www.glitteringlights.com/Images/Nebulae/i-pqWFzmt/O [credit: Marco Lorenzi]
Spica [credit: Phil Plait]
Cassiopeia A en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassiopeia_A#/media/File:Cassiopeia_A_Spitzer_Crop.jpg [credit: Oliver Krause (Steward Observatory) George H. Rieke (Steward Observatory) Stephan M. Birkmann (Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie) Emeric Le Floc'h (Steward Observatory) Karl D. Gordon (Steward Observatory) Eiichi Egami (Steward Observatory) John Bieging (Steward Observatory) John P. Hughes (Rutgers University) Erick Young (Steward Observatory) Joannah L. Hinz (Steward Observatory) Sascha P. Quanz (Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie) Dean C. Hines (Space Science Institute)]
Sloshing Supernova svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11735 [credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Video and images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech]
Star Burst svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11447 [credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Video courtesy of ESA/Hubble/L. Calcada]

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In this Crash Course series, marvel at the wonders of astronomy with your host for this intergalactic adventure, the Bad Astronomer himself -- Phil Plait. In just 40 short lessons, you will learn the basics of the oldest science known to humanity.

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