(Submitted January 05, 1998)
In a text book I have come across yellow giants. Which stars pass through
the yellow giant stage? I know of the red giants. Are there other 'giants'
too? What exactly is a yellow giant?
Yes, there are many types of giant stars, blue-white, white, yellow, orange,
and red. Yellow giants are a phase of stars with masses heavier than the
Sun, but it is phase that doesn't last very long, so there aren't many of
them. If you look at a standard Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (which plots
spectral class or color vs. Absolute magnitude. See
there are blue-white and white giant stars on the main sequence, and red
giant stars near the end of life of many stars. As heavy stars move off
the main sequence towards their red giant stage, they can move through a
yellow giant phase.
Thanks for your question.
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