Supernova: Definition & Explanation


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Which of the following stars will eventually die as a supernova?

I. Any star smaller than the sun

II Any star the same size as the sun

III Any star 10 to 20 times larger than the sun

IV Any star greater than 20 times the size of the sun

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1. What process fuels the energy in a star?


What will remain after a star goes supernova?

I. White Dwarf

II. Black Dwarf

III. Neutron Star

IV. Black Hole

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several conditions necessary for a star to form into a supernova, and this quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of the chemical and physical factors involved.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The types of stars that might become supernovas
  • How energy is fueled within a star
  • What remains after a star has gone supernova
  • Temperature of a star's core before going supernova
  • The life cycle of a star like the Sun

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related science lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the life cycle of a star to better understand how and why supernovas form
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast conditions that will form a supernova versus those that form other types of stars

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the related lesson titled Supernova: Definition & Explanation. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Define supernova
  • Understand chemical and physical processes that form a supernova
  • Recall what stars become after going supernova