more than a few solar masses

tesoke

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Hi, I cannot understand the meaning of the red part. Would you please help. Thanks.

Upwards of a billion stars in our galaxy have burnt up their internal energy sources, and so can no longer produce the heat a star needs to oppose the inward force of gravity. These stars, of more than a few solar masses, evolve, in general, much more rapidly than does a star like the Sun.
 
  • tesoke

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    USA
    Persian
    They are from a reading for GRE exam. I do know the exact name of the book :( I got these readings from my friends.
     

    srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    A star of more than a few solar masses is a star which is a few times more massive than our sun. A solar mass is a mass equal to the mass of our sun.
     

    Juhasz

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    English - United States
    Just to make the above comment more explicit, the author could have written: these stars of weights a few times greater than (1.98855±0.00025)×1030 kg...

    Oops, that's meant to read 10 to the power of 30. I can't figure out how to use superscript.
     
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