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written by James Kaler
This website explains the evolution, properties, components, and composition of stars.  It is appropriate for a non-technical introduction to stars in the high school classroom.  The author opens by talking about Hipparchus' magnitude scale for stars and the scales astronomers use today.  The website then explores the properties that define a star, its composition, and its evolution on the H-R diagram depending on its mass.  Each section contains multiple links to further information for teachers and learners.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Historical Astronomy
= History of Astronomy
- Stars
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 1998 James B. Kaler
Hertzsprung-Russel diagram, binary stars, distance scales, hydrogen fusion, luminosity, spectra, star clusters, star formation, stellar evolution, supernova
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Metadata instance created January 13, 2004 by Kara Lehman
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J. Kaler, (1998), WWW Document, (http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/star_intro.html).
J. Kaler, The Natures of the Stars, (1998), <http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/star_intro.html>.
APA Format
Kaler, J. (2007, June 27). The Natures of the Stars. Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/star_intro.html
Chicago Format
Kaler, James. The Natures of the Stars. June 27, 2007. http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/star_intro.html (accessed 25 May 2017).
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Kaler, James. The Natures of the Stars. 1998. 27 June 2007. 25 May 2017 <http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/star_intro.html>.
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