'The Sun's Life Story' - From a bouncing baby cloud of gas and dust to a miserly old White Dwarf.
The areas discussed include:
|Early Days||Dust and gas cloud; Jeans criterion; Rotation & magnetic fields; Ionisation; T Tauri; Protostars; Hayashi Track; Henyey Stage; Nuclear fusion|
|The Main Sequence - Hydrogen Burning||Definition of nuclear components; Binding energy; PPI, PPII & PPIII; CNO bi-cycle; gradual luminosity increase|
|Red Giant Stage||Hydrogen shell burning; Helium core; First dredge-up; Expansion of envelope; Helium flash; Helium burning; Red giant clump; Helium shell burning; Thermal instabilities; The s-process; Planetary nebula; Bipolar outflow|
|White Dwarf-dom||Radius-Mass relationship; Chandrasekhar's insight; Supernova Type Ia; The Sun's cooling stages|