A hypothetical star is a star, or type of star, that is speculated to exist but has yet to be definitively observed. Hypothetical types of stars have been conjectured to exist, have existed or will exist in the future universe.
Scientifically speculated hypothetical types include:
|Blitzar||Pulsar with enough mass to suddenly collapse into a black hole when the rotation speed slows.|||
|Blue dwarf||Conjectured to develop after a red dwarf has exhausted most of its hydrogen.||N/A||The universe is not old enough for this form to come into existence.|
|Black dwarf||The final state for a star, like the Sun, that is too small to become either a black hole or a neutron star. It would take a star like our Sun roughly a quadrillion years to reach this state, so none are believed to exist today.||N/A||The universe is not old enough for this form to come into existence.|
|Black star||A star predicted in semiclassical gravity which collapses into a black hole state but has neither a gravitational singularity nor an event horizon.||none|
|Boson star||A star or astronomical object made of bosons, such as photons or gluons, rather than conventional matter.||none|
|Dark energy star||A conjectured alternative to a black hole.||none|
|Dark matter star||Conjectured to have existed early in the universe.||none|
|Dark star||A theoretical construct based on Newtonian gravitation, of a star with gravity so strong that even light cannot escape.||N/A||This form cannot exist, as Newtonian gravitation breaks down under these conditions. It is a disproved hypothesis|
|Electroweak star||A star where gravitational collapse is prevented by radiation pressure resulting from electroweak burning. In this type of star, quarks are converted to leptons via the electroweak interaction. The star would be hand-sized, containing perhaps two earth masses, and might follow from the collapse of a quark star.||none|
|Frozen star||A very low-mass star with a surface temperature of only around 273 kelvins that could form in the far future, when the metallicity of the interstellar medium is several times the current one.||N/A||The universe is not old enough for this form to come into existence.|
|Fuzzball||A formulation of black holes in string theory.||none|
|Gravastar||An alternative to a black hole that denies the possibility of a singularity.||none|
|Hyperon star||A massive neutron star containing hyperons.||PSR J0348+0432|||
|Iron star||A final state for a star in the far future (101500 years) of the universe, when all matter is transmuted to iron via quantum tunnelling.||N/A||The universe is not old enough for this form to come into existence.|
|Magnetospheric eternally collapsing object||A hypothetical alternative to black holes.||Q0957+561|
|Planck star||A star where the energy density is around the Planck density. The star will start to expand as soon as its destiny reaches the plank constant. To the black hole, it expands instantly, but to the outside world, it takes eons to expand even the slightest.||none|
|Population III star||The very earliest stars, virtually free of metals, believed to have existed in the early universe when the only common elements were primordial hydrogen and helium.||none|
|Preon star||A star with a core composed of preons.||none|
|Q star (grey hole)||A compact, heavy neutron star with an exotic state of matter where most light does not escape the star.||V404 Cygni|||
|Quark star||Star composed of quark matter or strange matter.||3C 58, PSR B0943+10, XTE J1739-285|
|Quasi-star||A conjectured star from the early universe with a black hole at its center.||none|
|Strange star||A form of quark star, a neutron star with strange matter at its core, or star which is a ball of strange matter.||none|
|Thorne–Żytkow object||A red giant or red supergiant whose core is a neutron star.||U Aquarii, HV 2112 |
|White hole||The polar opposite of a black hole, it ejects matter from its core into space. It is hypothetically formed when a region around a black hole experiences a loss in entropy, and will immediately collapse when the entropy is restored. The loss of entropy allowes the black hole to travel back in time, so it will continue to suck matter up into its event horizon, but once something goes into the event horizon of a white hole, space-time is so distorted that it will always lead you to outside the vent horizon, even if you try to go to the singularity.||GRB 060614|
Specific hypothetical stars include:
|Nemesis||a star proposed as a companion to the Sun by Richard A. Muller in 1984|
|3 Cassiopeiae||a star recorded by astronomer John Flamsteed, but never seen again|
|34 Tauri||a star recorded by John Flamsteed later revealed to have been the planet Uranus|
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