Astrophysics (Index)About

hypergiant

(hypergiant star)
(extremely bright stars)

A hypergiant (or hypergiant star) is a term for the brightest extreme of giant stars, e.g., on the order of absolute magnitude -7, and up to millions of solar luminosities. All are presumed to be post-main-sequence stars stars that were early during their main-sequence, e.g., O-type star. In general, O-type and B-type are termed blue hypergiants and A-type through K-type, yellow hypergiants, though some astronomers use other spectral features as well to distinguish them. Example blue hypergiants:

Yellow hypergiants:

A star cool enough to be M-class is often termed a red supergiant even if it fits the above hypergiant magnitude.


(star type,stellar evolution)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergiant

Referenced by pages:
K-type star (K)
luminosity class
supergiant

Index