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Word of the Day: Star

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By Danna Martínez

Within the immense universe, there are multiple mysteries; one of them is the stars.

“Yes, there are millions of stars. And millions of stars are two eyes that look at them.”-Antonio Porchia.

The term star comes from the Latin “Stella.” The word star refers to all celestial bodies that have their own luminescence. The sun is the universal example of a star. However, there are thousands of stars of different features and proportions.

Below, Top 10 curiosities about the stars and what they can do:

  • Nebulae are the birthplace of stars.
  • According to the NatGeo website, “Hot stars are white or blue, while cooler ones appear to have red or orange tones.”
  • Stars produce different radiations. Heat, light, ultraviolet rays, X-rays are some of the forms of radiation from stars.
  • The brightness of stars comes from the large amount of energy contained in the nucleus.
  • According to NASA, “Stars are the most widely recognized astronomical objects and represent the most fundamental building blocks of galaxies.”
  • The star UY Scuti is one of the most prominent stars in the universe. Its intense brightness characterizes the hypergiant star.
  • Different elements such as hydrogen and helium compose the stars.
  • Stars have their own gravity. Thanks to their gravity, the stars keep their shape.
  • According to the NatGeo website, “Apart from the Sun, all the luminous points that we see in the sky are in light-years from Earth.”
  • Stars are in a superheated state of matter.

The stars we see in the sky at night are more curious than they appear. Stars are also part of human history; within literature and mythology, they are stellar. In addition to being a focus of study in society, stars are an element of praise in some cultures.


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