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Astronomy - A Beginner's Guide to the Stars

This is the third page in a series of guides for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our night sky. This page looks at those most numerous of all objects visible in the night sky - the stars
  • Mindy Burton

    During the later parts of their lives, stars can shed material into the surrounding space, depositing heavy elements. The most dramatic way this is done is through a supernova explosion. In fact, since the earliest moments of the Universe, during the Big Bang, heavy elements have only been produced as a by-product of stellar evolution! That's what astronomers mean when they say "we are all star-stuff."

  • Sydnee Hamrick

    Orion So many interesting things are in this one constellation. The stars, and M42 (the Orion Nebula).

  • Elise Lambson

    One of my favorite things about winter!

  • Chelsea Dearie

    Orion constellation

  • Sandy

    Orion: the Hunter in the Winter Night Sky ~ Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  • Kali Lyndel

    I have to say... it looks like a fairy or woman casting a spell

  • Piyali Ganguly

    I love it too! Such beauty is immeasurable! I have repinned it on my board too. Thank you so much! :)