a star's color?
Red stars are cool, with surface temperatures of around 3,000
while blue stars are hotter and can have temperatures over 30,000 K.
Our own lovely "yellow" Sun's temperature is a
comforting 6,000 K.
Differences in star colors are particularly easy to see
in this intriguing composite view of
the constellation Orion, made while experimenting with a star trail
In it, a series of 35 consecutive exposures were combined to produce
trails of stars moving left to right through
the frame, while changing focus in steps.
Beginning and ending with the camera out of focus
produced a sharply focused exposure near the middle of
the series and blurs the star trails into a bow tie shape.
For the brighter stars, blurring produces more saturated colors
in the images.
At the upper left, Orion's cool red
stands out from the other, hotter, bluish stars composing
the body of the constellation.
Not a star at all, the
Orion Nebula contributes a
pinkish tint below center.
Also remarkable in the field, the fainter step focus
trail of cool, deep red carbon star
is near the center right edge, its red hue enhanced by a
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