Definitions for red giant
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a star in an intermediate stage of evolution, characterized by a large volume, low surface temperature, and reddish hue.
red giant, red giant star(noun)
a large, old, luminous star; has a relatively low surface temperature and a diameter large relative to the sun
A large red coloured star with a lower surface temperature than many stars.
A red giant is a luminous giant star of low or intermediate mass in a late phase of stellar evolution. The outer atmosphere is inflated and tenuous, making the radius immense and the surface temperature low, somewhere from 5,000 K and lower. The appearance of the red giant is from yellow-orange to red, including the spectral types K and M, but also class S stars and most carbon stars. The most common red giants are the so-called red-giant-branch stars whose shells are still fusing hydrogen into helium in a shell surrounding a degenerate helium core. Other red giants are: the red clump stars in the cool half of the horizontal branch, fusing helium into carbon in their cores via the triple-alpha process; and the asymptotic-giant-branch stars burning a helium shell outside a degenerate carbon–oxygen core, and sometimes also a hydrogen shell closer to the surface of the star. The nearest red giant is Gamma Crucis, 88 light years away, but the orange giant Arcturus is described by some as a red giant and it is 36 light years away.
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