Are There a Lot of Very Big Stars?
If the sun is relatively small as stars go, how many stars out there are actually bigger than the sun?
When you look up in the night sky, most of the brightest stars are very big stars. We notice them more because they are so bright. But you may be surprised to find that there aren't really very many big stars. In fact, most stars are much smaller than the sun!
9 out of every 10 stars weigh less than the sun.
1 out of every 10 stars are about the same size or up to 8 times heavier than the sun. These stars will eventually be red giants.
Less than 1 out of every 100 stars weighs 8 or more times as much as our sun. These stars turn into supergiants and hypergiants.