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User avatar #1 - zysolyn (02/16/2013) [-]
Actually, stars do not burn. They are giant balls of gas where the pressure induces atomic fusion, and the process is so hot that it glows. (If anything gets hot enough, it will glow) The Sun is actually too hot for burning to take place, as oxygen cannot be maintained in that kind of heat.
#14 to #1 - hylebus (02/16/2013) [-]
"Too hot for burning" isn't exactly the phrase you're looking for. Burning is generally a reaction of Carbon with Oxygen, with the result of product of Carbon Dioxiode, e.g. Methane + Oxygen, CH4 + 2 O2 -> CO2 + 2 H20. Point is, most of Sun's mass is Hydrogen and Helium, as it's fairly "cool" and young star. When it becomes hotter by aging, the fusion temperature will increase to that extent that it will create heavier elements, like Oxygen or Carbon, eventually Iron.
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