The Lives of Stars

Location: South Cloisters

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HR diagram


A look into a dark night sky will reveal a multitude of twinkling dots of different colours, some much more bright than others. They're very pretty to look at, but what do stars tell us about the universe? This beautiful exhibit will take you on the journey through the exciting birth, life and death of stars by building a simple HR diagram (why is it called like that?). Why do stars shine at all? How far away are they? What would happen if there were no stars?

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Practical demonstration of the birth, life and death of stars by using a simplified HR diagram.


Orion nebula



The Orion nebula, a cloud of gas and dust from which thousands of star systems are currently forming. This is the nearest stellar nursery to our solar system.