How Are Stars Formed?

Stars are giant balls of gas in space. The stars are very hot! They can be up to 800,000 degrees Fahrenheit! Our own Sun is also a star. It supplies us with light and heat. Stars take millions of years to form. We will explore the steps in which stars are formed! Scientists have observed other forming stars in the universe to figure out these steps!

A star starts as a giant “soup” of gases, ice, and rocks floating in space. These can be pieces of old stars, old planets, or gases that were formed in the beginning of the universe. Because of gravity, these gases and dust start to get pulled together and start compacting or squeezing together because of pressure. That pressure starts to squeeze the gases together and stars a process that makes the star hot and fiery. Hydrogen atoms fuse together to turn into Helium! That process creates heat and light! This is how stars are formed!