S: The Life of Beta Centauri
BC: Lovingly created in 2010
FC: Beta Centauri
1: Beta Centauri's Beginning :) | Stage 1 of Forming Beta Centauri: - Beta Centauri starts out as a teeny, tiny nebula, made of gas and dust. Once gravity starts to form within the star the gas begins to clump together. As more gas comes together and more gravity is being pulled in, it causes more mass to latch on. The nebula is continually getting bigger and begins spinning at insane speeds. The nebula is developing enough to be a full star soon and progressing quickly to be shining in the sky. In a babies life this would be when they are developing in the mamas body.
2: Favorite Toys | Beta Centauri is almost ready to be alive in space! It has reached the protostar stage and stays in this stage for about 100,00 years. Right now all it's doing is growing strong enough to survive out in the galaxy. Gravitational force is causing the core to collapse. By pulling in mass, Beta Centauri is rising in temperature every second and increasing size. This is like a baby almost ready to reach the world. It's too young to be alone but getting closer to independence. | 1. Teddy Bear 2. Jack in the Box 3. Slinky 4. Building Blocks 5. Legos | Stage 2 of Baby Beta Centauri
3: It's not ready to go play with the other stars yet.
4: T Tauri
5: Bath Time! | Its a Star! :) | At this point Beta Centauri is at the T Tauri stage. It is still not hot enough to fuse hydrogen atoms into helium so it is using gravity's energy to continue collapsing the core.. It won't be warm enough to fuse these atoms for about 100,000,00 more years. This is the first time you can see the star from earth, like a baby being born. They are most luminous right now because of their large diameter. Beta Centauri is now having violent stellar winds, similar to a temper tantrum. | Stage 3 of Toddler Beta Centauri
6: Stage 4 of Teen Beta Centauri | Beta Centauri is now a main sequence star! It's finally hot enough to fuse hydrogen into helium to make energy. This is the stage where Beta Centauri will stay the longest. Its luminosity and mass defines where it is in the stream of stars. The surface temperature of this star is about 25,000 K. After millions of years, the star will have used up a lot of hydrogen. Leaving nothing left to fuse energy. This is when the next stage of its life begins to take place.
7: Main Sequence!
8: Beta Centauri is now a red supergiant. The hydrogen is burning in the outer shells while heavier elements are burning by the core. Eventually, there is no hydrogen left to fuse, therefore the star has to make some other form of energy. The star is now trying to burn through heavier elements all around in order to stay alive. It is about 100 times larger than a red giant and is very luminous. This is like an 18 year old their first time out alone. Having to fend for themselves. | Stage 5 of Adult Beta Centauri
9: Stage 6 of Middle Aged Beta Centauri | Now, the star is aging rapidly, getting closer and closer to death. At this point it is a supernova. The core temperature is rising quickly, eventually up to 100 billion degrees Kelvin more. Gravity is pushing inward against the star, resulting in it pushing outward. With so much pressure it has nothing else to do but explode the outer layers. IT'S GETTING OLD.
10: Stage 7 of Elder Beta Centauri | Beta Centauri has had a long life, but it has reached the point where it has nothing left to give. All energy has been used up. Gravity has overwhelmed the star and is pushing down immensely hard on it. Finally everything just shrinks and shrivels up, creating a black hole. Now nothing every will leave the hole. It stays there forever like something would when buried with a loved one.
11: Basic Info | -Beta Centauri is about 25500 Kelvin degrees -It is the 11th brightest star in the sky -It is a Blue/white star, so it will burn for billions of years -Also known as Hadar
12: Beta Centauri is proximately 14.1 million years old making it less than 1% of the suns life. It's like a new born baby. Just entering the world, and feeling alive.
13: Play time! | I love to play! | My Favorite Toys | This star is part of the Constellation Centaurus. It's like a baby's first drawing, because both last a lifetime.
15: H-R Diagram