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ERIC Number: EJ1143221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
How Massive Can Stars Be?
Pinochet, Jorge; Van Sint Jan, Michael
Physics Education, v52 n4 Article 045021 May 2017
Theoretical assessment of the upper limit of a star's mass is a difficult problem which lies at the frontier of astrophysical research. In this article we develop a simple and plausible argument to estimate this value. The value at which we arrive is ~228 solar masses; well within the range of predicted accepted theoretical values. Towards the end of the article, theoretical estimations are compared with observational evidence, and a brief overview of the current research is given. The article is aimed at non-graduate students of sciences and engineering and the only requirements are elemental algebra and general notions of classical physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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