Canada, 1983

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Traces the long evolution of a star from its birth in the depths of the black nebula to its final extinction. Based on photographs taken with highly sophisticated instruments, animated drawings which propel the audience through the vast spaces of the universe, and bombard the eye with extra terrestrial imagery of great beauty. To illustrate the different evolutionary paths followed by stars of different masses, a variety of stars is studied. The film also details the process of nucleosynthesis and explains red giants, “bursters”, the warping of spacetime and the mysterious “black hole.”


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National Film Board of Canada







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