When Stars Go Boom


About the video


Where did life on Earth come from? The answer lies in the stars, which have lives of their own. Stars are responsible for many of the materials that form us and everything around us…

In “Life and Death of Stars: When Stars Go Boom”, a scientist (played by Jerrika Hinton from e.g., Grey’s Anatomy) and a visualization expert (played by Wil Wheaton from e.g., Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: TNG) tell you a story about a supernova - a star that is many times more massive than our Sun that ends its life in a spectacular explosion, producing many of the useful elements that we have on earth. 

This video is part of "The Universe Unplugged" video series - a product of NASA's Universe of Learning program. 

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This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC65A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.