• Question: How does a star form ?

    Asked by Gajanan to Chris on 11 Mar 2016.
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      Chris Conselice answered on 11 Mar 2016:

      Stars form from collapsing from gas.

      Imagine a big gas cloud. Overtime gravity will collapse it to a very dense gas cloud. When this happens the gas will become so dense that the atoms in it will smash together like in a nuclear explosion. This produces light – like we see in the Sun. All the light from stars comes from these nuclear explosions happening due to the smashing together of atoms in very dense gas.