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Glossary term: K-type Star

Also known as K star or K-star

Description: A K star is one whose "surface" temperature (the temperature of the layer in the star from which its light is emitted also known as effective temperature) is approximately 3700 to 5200 kelvins. A K star is identified by the appearance of the absorption lines in its spectrum with very weak hydrogen lines but strong lines from iron and manganese atoms. Examples of K stars are Aldebaran, in Taurus, and Pollux, in Gemini.

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