How do stars form and how can they die?

1 Answer
Oct 14, 2016

Stars form in regions with dense concentrations of gas and dust in interstellar space. Their deaths depend on their respective masses.


If the star has a less mass than the Sun, it lives for trillions of years and slowly dies out, becoming a black dwarf.

If the star has about the same or a bit more mass than the Sun then it becomes a white dwarf after 10-15 billion years of its formation.

If the star is larger than 10 solar masses, it may become either a neutron star or its core might collapse to form a black hole if the mass of the star exceeds 18 or more Solar Masses