red giant


Definition of red giant

: a star that has low surface temperature and a diameter that is large relative to the sun

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Carbon stars, such as red giants, create their namesake element by fusing helium atoms in their cores, eventually pumping the carbon out into space. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls," 28 June 2018 Sometimes the science is real, like a diagram of a DNA molecule or the spectrum for a red giant star that appears on the ship's graphical display in an upcoming episode in season 2. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 In the new study, researchers reported that the flash was likely emitted by a stellar remnant known as a neutron star, which had just begun siphoning material away from its bloated, nearly dead companion, a red giant. Mike Wall,, "Dying Star Reanimates Stellar Corpse," 6 Mar. 2018 Carbon in interstellar dust is the outflow of what are known as carbon stars, typically a red giant that contains more carbon than oxygen. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Is Full of Potentially Toxic "Space Grease"," 28 June 2018 But many other red giants have dust or gas surrounding them, obscuring detailed views of their surface. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Get Best Look Yet at the Surface of a Red Giant Star," 31 Jan. 2018 Researchers have captured images of other red giants in the past, including a great image of Antares unveiled last August. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Get Best Look Yet at the Surface of a Red Giant Star," 31 Jan. 2018 The sun will have exhausted its hydrogen in 5.4 billion years and enter a red giant phase, consuming helium for a few hundred million years before becoming a white dwarf. Chicago Tribune,, "Ask Tom: Is global warming the result of the sun turning brighter as it nears the end of its life?," 14 Mar. 2018 The red giant star, which sits 36 light-years away, will appear to be eclipsed by the gibbous moon in the early morning hours for observers in northwestern North America. National Geographic, "Blue Moon Eclipse and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in January," 1 Jan. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of red giant

astronomy : a very large star that has a reddish color

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