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giant star

(star larger than main sequence stars)

A giant star is a star larger than a main sequence star. After the main sequence, stars go through phases where they become giants, e.g., red giant or a star on the asymptotic giant branch.

The name originally applied to especially bright stars, i.e., a large luminosity or absolute magnitude. Because the brightness is directly related to the area facing us (the square of the radius), the brightest stars are indeed large, known as bright giants or for even brighter, supergiants. The general term dwarf star actually applies to any star that is not a giant, sometimes used with a qualifier to signify a more specific meaning (white dwarf, red dwarf, brown dwarf).

(star type,stellar evolution)

Referenced by:
black hole merger
binary star
H-R diagram (HRD)
instability strip
isothermal core
L-type star (L)
luminosity class
main sequence star
Palomar Testbed Interferometer (PTI)
stellar age determination
stellar core
S-type star
surface gravity
symbiotic binary
Thorne-Żytkow object (TZO)