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On the Origin of Gold

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, May 18, 2008.

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    On the Origin of Gold
    Illustration Credit : Dana Berry, NASA

    Explanation: Where did the gold in your jewelry originate? No one is completely sure. The relative average abundance in our Solar System appears higher than can be made in the early universe, in stars, and even in typical supernova explosions. Some astronomers have recently suggested that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. Pictured above is an artist's illustration depicting two neutron stars spiraling in toward each other, just before they
     

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