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Lives and Deaths of Stars

The main sequence present on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is where a majority of stars lie, although there are two significant other areas off of the main sequence (the red giants and white dwarves). This diagram is actually a summary of the stages that a star goes through from when it first comes into existence to when it finally dies. We will discuss these stages in turn.