Supernovae in the Lives of Stars

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Many people think the different stages in the life of a star are actually different types of stars, rather than just stages in the life of a single star. In this fun activity learners discover the lifecycle of stars and learn when supernovae happen. This activity can be used indoors or outdoors, before a star party, in a classroom, or at a club meeting. The pdf contains step-by-step instructions, photos, presentation tips, background information, and ready-to-print handouts.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Copies of handouts and/or banner: Lives of Stars
  • (Optional) Telescope (not included in activity cost).


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Sun


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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