Glossary term: Red Supergiant Star

Also known as M supergiant

Description: A red supergiant star is a massive star which has run out of hydrogen fuel and expanded as it changes to helium or heavier elements for fuel. Examples of red supergiants are Betelgeuse, in Orion, and Antares, in Scorpius. Like red giants, red supergiants are unstable to pulsation and mass loss. Their lifetimes are only a few tens of thousands of years.

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