Instructional Video

High Mass Stars

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It's better to burn out than fade away! Viewers experience the birth of neutron stars and supernovae in a video that explains the life cycle of high mass stars. Learners see the conditions needed to produce these events, as well as the breathtaking spectacles that remain in the aftermath. The content also illustrates the fusion of elements within the core of dying stars and the importance of these elements in our world.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Distribute a map that includes Spica, Betelgeuse, and Rigel so that pupils are aware of the locations of these massive stars
  • Show the video after discussing the death of low mass stars, then have the class compare and contrast the events
Classroom Considerations
  • Review the concepts of fusion and subatomic particles prior to viewing the resource
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The narrator is highly animated throughout the video and explains even difficult content clearly
  • Highlights important concepts and terminology to ensure comprehension at all levels of learning
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