“Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” -Samuel Johnson
You might look up at our Sun in the sky, delighted at its brilliance and life-giving brightness, thankful for all it’s brought to our world. But we’re all just a little bit dismayed at the crushing realization that it won’t live forever, and will someday burn through its fuel and die.
But the Sun is a very common type of star, and shares certain properties with the vast majority of them. In fact, Sun-like stars have a pretty universal story as far as where they came from, how they live, the different stages they go through and what happens to them as they end their lives. It’s a story nearly as old as the Universe itself, and a story that will continue to go on for trillions of years.