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Organizing the Stars

Organizing the stars_HERO AMNH/D. Finnin

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Astronomers sort stars by placing them on a diagram according to their luminosity and surface temperature. By plotting a star in this way, we can immediately learn about its size, mass, and stage of life.

For Educators

Topic: Astronomy

Subtopic: Stars

Keywords: Astrophysics, Stars--Classification, Stars--Temperature, Stars--Mass, Stars--Evolution, Stars--Luminosity function

Audience: General