red supergiant


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red supergiant

n.
A massive star of great size and luminosity that has a relatively low surface temperature ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 kelvin (4,940° to 5,740° F), giving it a reddish or orange hue.
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Which red supergiant is the second largest star in Orion?
During the observation, they witnessed supernovae from different red supergiant stars - extremely big stellar bodies in final stages of their lives- in hopes of studying their shock breakouts or the initial flash that occurs before the main stellar explosion.
The Physical Properties of the Red Supergiant WOH G64: The Largest Star Known?
The supernova in the video, technically named KSN 2011d, is a red supergiant, which has the greatest volume of all the star classifications though they are not the biggest stars in size.
Of the two supernovas, viewed through NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, only the smaller 'red supergiant' produced a fully-fledged, visible supernova.
Which red supergiant star forms the right shoulder of the hunter in the constellation of Orion?
Antares is a huge red supergiant star, which may explode as a supernova.
Thorne-Zytkow objects (TZOs) are hybrids of red supergiant and neutron stars that superficially resemble normal red supergiants, such as Betelguese in the constellation Orion.
Fujiyoshi et al., "A red supergiant nebula at 25 [micro]m: arcsecond-scale mass-loss asymmetries of [mu] Cephei," The Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol.
Betelgeuse is the nearest red supergiant star to Earth, as well as the best known.
The dying red supergiant Betelgeuse, though, might better have been named "Ginormous."