Right at the beginning
|Star-forming regions in the Eagle Nebula|
|Cool picture of the 2nd closest stars to the Earth - Alpha Centauri A and B over the rings of Saturn.|
|A Yellow Class G star|
Giant stars tend to have short lifespans. A Blue Giant star might only "burn" for 100,000 years. It was King's time, so he blows up in a spectacular supernova.
|Supernova Type II?|
Note: That should be a supernova at the center, and the planet on the upper left should be the G-class star Queen (being almost snuffed out). Find me a better picture!). It does show the dust cloud nicely.
The supernova left a neutron star at its center - called Spider (lines show Very strong magnetic fields).
This arrangement was stable for 2-3 billion years, but eventually Queen "used up" Hydrogen in its core. This caused the core to contract and the outer layers to swell immensely. Fusion starts in these outer layers and a Red Giant star is born.
|A Red Giant star|
|Pulsar with Red Giant companion star|
Eventually, Queen also reaches the end of her life. She is not large enough to supernova, so what happens to her is she sheds her outer layers (forming a planetary nebula), and her core becomes a white dwarf star called Rabbit.
|White Dwarf star in the center of a Planetary Nebula|
|Expanding Planetary Nebula|