The Life Cycle of a Star

The Life Cycle of a Star

Button controls

Help button
Help button: This button will open a window with help information.
Toggle controls
Toggle controls: This button will add constellation lines to the stars depicted.
Command buttons
Reset button
Reset: reload the applet and reset the parameters.
Rewind button
Rewind: press and hold to advance the applet in reverse.
Pause button
Pause: temporarily stop the action in the applet.
Play button
Play: begin or resume the action in the applet.
Fast forward button
Fast Forward: press and hold to advance the applet.
End button
End: advance the applet to its end.
Speed button
Speed: click to select the number and input a higher number to increase the speed of the rewind and fast forward buttons.
Slider bar
Slider bar: shows the progression through the animation.
Drag controller
Drag controller: click and drag over this symbol to reposition the controller buttons within the applet frame.
Toggle controls
Collapse button: click this button to collapse controller button.

Using the applet

This applet has been designed to help students gain a better understanding of the life cyle of a star.

The cartoon character, Stellar Sam, guides students through the various stages in the lifecycle of stars using an example of a star similar to the Sun, as well as a much more massive star.

Using the standard controller buttons, students can watch the progression of the life cylce animations, reading along with the text in Sam's speech bubbles.

Download the Flash Applet