Birth of a Star

The cosmos is an incredible place where many events that defy all imagination occur. Birth of a star is one of those magical spectacles. Created out of nebulas, a star is the final result of a nuclear fusion of high energy.



Carina Nebula

Nebulas are gigantic interstellar dust and gas clouds, whose dimensions can be many light years from corner to corner. They are the origin places of stars, comprising of enough cosmic dust to create several stars like our Sun. Stars are principally formed of two molecules, helium and hydrogen. Nebulas also contain larger, more compound molecules that are the fragments of old stars.  These stars fiercely explode fashioning what’s called a Supernova.

The prominence of gravity


Stellar Womb- an artist’s impression of the central region inside an interstellar cloud where gravity is forging new stars.

Owing to the abnormalities in the mass of the interstellar gas clouds, gravity at the peak of these regions will become unrestricted and plays by no rules. The gas particles existent are pulled closer to each other, initiating a loss in their potential energy. This reduction in energy results in an increase of the temperature.

As progressively more gas molecules are drawn near each other, the rise in temperature will continue. The enormous gas cloud will in due course be fragmented down into smaller nebulae, each giving rise to the formation of a star.

The fusion

The constituent part are in the middle of the gas clouds being drawn towards each other much more than in the external regions. This makes sure that the whole cloud starts to rotate at an ascending rate. When the temperature at the centre of the nebula is reaches at 1727 ° C, the hydrogen molecules are torn apart into hydrogen atoms. Lastly, a spinning mass of gas with an enormous temperature is obtained which has continuously crumbling core. This initial stage in the creation of a star is also branded as a proton-ester. The further development of the ester is reliant on the proton ester’smass. Protostars with mass smaller than those of the Sun do not reach the temperatures of fusion. Such stars are termed brown dwarfs. The temperature at the centre will, though, if their mass is big enough, gradually grow to 10 million degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, there takes place a nuclear fusion of hydrogen with helium and deuterium. These nuclear fusion reactions spread energy which creates a gravitational force to the action of the force of gravity on the star neutralizes. As a result, there will be a balance between the gravitational pressure and gravity, in which the star is fully stable.

How long will a star stay alive?

The lifespan of an ester hinges on the volume of gas that are existing in the core. When these gas stocks run out, there is no fuel for the numerous nuclear fusions more. As a result, there will be an end to the equilibrium established between the gravity and gravitational pressure, and the star will break down.

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