A supergiant star, in stellar classification, is a type of star of great mass and considerable brightness and size.

Supergiant stars are among the types of stars massive enough to end their lives as supernovae, with a massive gravitational collapse and explosion that ejects large amounts of gas and solid matter with a considerable amount of energy, sometimes leaving a remnant of a neutron star or black hole within a nebula of ejected stellar mass.

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Unnamed supergiant stars[edit | edit source]

In a distant corner of the galaxy, an unnamed supergiant star went supernova around the year 2230, leaving a neutron star remnant. At roughly the same time, Spock was born many light-years distant, on the planet Vulcan. (TOS novelization: Star Trek)

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Stellar classification
By class and type class O blue-violet starclass B blue starclass A blue-white starclass F white star (white dwarf) • class G yellow star (yellow dwarfyellow giant) • class K orange star (orange giant) • class M red star (red dwarfred giant) • green starbrown dwarfN-type starR-type starS-type starD-type star
By size or makeup black hole/black starcarbon starcollapsardwarf star (brown dwarfred dwarfwhite dwarfyellow dwarf) • giant star (blue giantred giantorange giantyellow giant) • Lazarus starmicrostarneutron star (magnetarpulsar) • protostarsupergiant starvariable starwhite holeWolf-Rayet star

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