Hertzsprung-Russell diagram animation

In this video, the stars in globular cluster Omega Centauri are rearranged according to their intrinsic brightness (vertical axis) and their temperature (horizontal axis). The temperature of a star dictates its apparent colour, with cooler stars being red and hotter ones being blue. The majority of stars at any given time fall into a wide band known as the main sequence, which passes from the top left (hot, bright stars) to the bottom right (cool, dim stars). However this is just a snapshot in time — as stars evolve they do not stay fixed to one point on the diagram for the whole of their lives.


NASA, ESA, J. Anderson and R. van der Marel (STScI)

About the Video

Release date:26 October 2010, 15:05
Related releases:heic1017
Duration:01 m 39 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Omega Centauri
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Globular
Star Clusters



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