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What color is the coolest star?

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The coolest stars are red in color. A star's color gives visible information about its surface temperature. The hottest stars are blue, while white and yellow stars indicate mid-range temperatures.

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Red is the lowest temperature at which a star can shine in a visible light. As its temperature changes, a star's color changes as well, and the hotter it becomes, the more blue light it produces. Therefore, as it is heated, a star's light moves from red to yellow to white and finally, to blue.

Red stars are also known as M stars, while the blue stars are known as O stars. Between these are five other groups of stars: B, A, F, G and K, which represent different shades of red, yellow, white and blue.

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