The ever-fascinating science of astronomy just witnessed one of the most amazing discoveries yet. About two months ago, experts detected the magnificent collision of two neutron stars. And during it, the fascinating ripples in space and time and the spectacular lights emitted.
What is even more important than this it’s that the mysteries of the cosmos might finally be revealed. And this includes the long-debated origin of gold. When the biggest stars explode into supernovas, neutron stars are being formed. Those are also the densest and smallest stars in existence. Moreover, when neutron stars collide, their impact is called kilonova, the small sister of a supernova.
The long-debated origin of gold
The famous Albert Einstein talked about the existence of a burst of gamma waves and a gravitational wave about a century ago. As usually, he was right. As for the exact source of those gravitational waves scientists detected back in August, they come from a 130-million years old merger. It happened in a galaxy that is close by. People can see if from Earth in the Hydra constellation.
It’s very interesting that this is actually the fifth gravitational waves source that has been detected until now. The first such discovery happened back in September 2015. This might sound familiar if we mention that three experts received the prestigious Nobel Prize in physics for it about two weeks ago.
The enormous collision of those stars emanated large quantities of debris that was extremely hot and of a pale blue color. Some of the debris united and formed certain heavy elements like platinum, uranium and even gold. This could be the very source of this precious material. Finally, after so many years, we are closer than ever to finding an answer to this riddle that has baffled experts for centuries. This is not only one discovery, but many.
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