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neon burning

(fusion reaction starting with neon)

Neon burning consists of two possible sequences of nuclear fusion reactions leading from neon to magnesium or oxygen, which takes place in early stars. A neon-burning shell appears in a sufficiently-massive star during a phase in the asymptotic giant branch, forming after a carbon-burning shell and before an oxygen-burning shell (if the latter forms). Neon burning requires a temperature on the order of 109 K.

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carbon burning
magnesium (Mg)
neon (Ne)
oxygen (O)
oxygen burning
post-main-sequence star