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32). At this point, since energy is no longer being produced in the core, the internal pressure drops and gravity forces cause the outer layers to collapse. The massive star suddenly implodes, compressing the core to the point where its protons and neutrons are squeezed into close contact with each other. The density of such a core is enormous: a teaspoon of this degenerate matter would weigh 400 million tons. The core responds with an explosion of incredible violence, sending a titanic shock wave throughout the star.

The Sun’s outer layers will grow to encompass Mercury. Temperatures on Earth will reach 2500 ◦ C, and melt the planet, transforming it into a ball of magma. As it continues to inflate, the Sun will suffer a significant loss of mass and, as a conseOrbit of Mercury quence, the orbits of the remaining planets will expand. Venus will be swallowed up, and though Orbit of Venus Mars may escape, it will not be habitable. The Orbit of Earth Earth is predicted to barely escape vaporization Orbit of Mars at the fringes of the red giant’s surface.

What are the Cepheids? Binaries are discovered in a variety of ways. Sometimes both stars can be visually distinguished – those are called visual binaries. Other binary systems are detected by spectroscopy: they may be so close visually that they appear to be a single object, but when their combined spectrum is observed repeatedly, their individual motions can be detected due to the Doppler effect (Q. 141) – these are called spectroscopic binaries. Other such systems are discovered because their brightness varies periodically with time, as one star passes in front of the other.

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