Hey, Low Mass Star...This is Your Life!
If done to scale, the red giant light globe would be over 5
meters in diameter!
Model a Black Hole
The heavy object representing the black hole will distort
the latex surface (representing spacetime) and cause the small objects on
the surface to be pulled in toward it... but not if you are too far away.
A heavier ball bearing, however, would affect beads further out in the
latex sheet...just as a more massive black hole creates a larger
distortion in spacetime, thus affecting objects further away.
These Stars are Classified
K star, main sequence, middle of its life cycle
White dwarf, next to last stage of a low mass star's cycle
Drawn by an unsteady hand, the path of our Sun looks something like
Note that when it goes off this graph on the left side, it
actually goes out to about T ~ 100,000 K or higher before turning and
heading steadily down to the white dwarf stage.
- (a) black hole; (b) neutron star; (c) black dwarf
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