A star's rotation influences how long it will burn • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features an impressive view of the star cluster NGC 2203.

This remarkable star cluster has provided scientists with new insight into the lifetime of stars.

During the longest period of its life when it burns steadily, a star is referred to as a main sequence star.

According to the ESA, our Sun’s fuel will run out in approximately 6 billion years, and it will then move on to the next stage of its life when it will turn into a red giant. 

NGC 2203 contains stars that are roughly twice as massive as our Sun.

Studies of this star cluster have revealed that rotation could be a factor in how long the main sequence phase of a star’s life lasts.

The photo was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: ESA 

 

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