Lifecycle of a Star
The beginning of a supernova explosion

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-12
Year: 1976


This NASA video segment describes the life cycle of a star. Viewers learn about the opposing forces on a star and the ways in which these forces change over time to create a red giant. The video also discusses what will happen when the sun becomes a red giant, evolves into a white dwarf, and eventually ends its life as a black stellar corpse.

Lifecycle of a Star
Duration: 4 minutes 18 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Universe DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series include:
The Universe Is Born
Scientists Use Observatories to Learn About the Sun
The Structure of the Sun and Solar Events
The Planets
A Look Beyond the Planets: Nebulae, Stars, Quasars and Galaxies
The Evolving Universe
Is There Life Out There?: NASA's Search Continues