S: Star Quality
FC: Olivia Kirklin 21, September 2012 Byrd 4th | Star Quality
1: Author's Page | Star Quality By: Olivia Kirklin
2: I chose the star Vega. It is the brightest star in it's constellation. It's roughly 2.5 times the diameter of the sun, and nearly 9,602 Kelvin. It's about 3.4 times brighter than the sun, and has an absolute magnitude of .6.
3: I chose Shawn Johnson to represent my star because I think she's a great role model to anyone. Her family has been through many rough times, but with faith and hard work, she has lived out her dream, and truly become a star.
4: Stage 1: Nebula | In this stage, clouds of dust and hydrogen are forming, hiding Shawn from view. All of her matter is being pulled together and heated, to create her. She will soon be a baby star. | Shawn's parents Teri and Doug, were overjoyed to find out about their first and only child, a baby girl.
5: Shawn was born on January 19, 1992 in Iowa. She was born very weak and unstable, but in a short amount of time, she gained strength and became a huge bundle of energy. | Stage 2: Protostar | When the cloud had finally broken apart, Shawn entered our world with great excitement. Soon nuclear reactions will help her to create energy to last her a lifetime.
6: Stage 3: Main Sequence | After finding a love for gymnastics, Shawn became very successful. She won almost every competition she went to, and got a chance to go to the Olympics. She shone in the spotlight and won a silver, gold and all around medal in 2008, changing her life forever. | Shawn was becoming a very successful star, she has been for a while. She's fusing hydrogen into helium now. Creating a big impact on her life as a star.
7: Stage 4: Red Giant | At this point in her life, Shawn is a red giant, because she has a mass of 2.3 times the Sun. She's becoming much cooler than she was before, and her star quality is dimming, but she still has some light and hope left in her. Her core is now becoming inactive with helium. | After the Olympics in 2008, Shawn discovered she had a serious knee injury. She had torn almost every part in her knee. This was slowing her down, but she was still going to try and push on.
8: Stage 5: White Dwarf | Up until 2012, Shawn kept training. After failing to make the Olympics in 2012, she announced her official retirement, due to multiple injuries that she couldn't come back from. She was still a shining star to many, but soon she will completely fade away. | Shawn's shining superstar quality was now completely fading away. Carbon and Oxygen is forming in her core, weakening her by the minute. She has much less luminosity and energy than she had before.
9: Stage 6: Black Dwarf | A couple months later, Shawn was still having difficulties with her knee injury. Her and her family went to the doctor and discovered she had a knee disease. Sadly, it was too late to save her because of their odd lack of supplies and treatment. | Shawn's star light is now completely gone, due to a deadly disease. Her bright light that has fascinated the world is never to be seen again, she is now known as a Black Dwarf.
10: Conclusion Page | This project taught me the difference between the life cycles of a star. I liked how we didn't have to just write a paper, and we got to use our creativity and use Mixbook instead. I could use Mixbook again when making future projects for school, as a creative way to present something.