Starlight pp 235-263 | Cite as

A Star Story − 10 Billion Years in the Making

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


These days the story of stellar evolution could almost read like a Hollywood epic – and why not?! It is a story that probably began back at the time of the Renaissance in Europe, when the stars were first suspected as being distant suns. Over the centuries the “script” has been written by countless astronomers, both amateur and professional, some well-known and many unsung heroes. It now stands as one of the greatest of all astronomical tales, equaled probably only by the story of the origin and evolution of the universe itself, and just like that great story, the story of the river of starlight still has a long way to go before we can write “the end.”


Massive Star Globular Cluster Main Sequence Star Cluster Hydrostatic Equilibrium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ScotforthUK

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