Skip to comments.Missing-Link Atoms Turn Up in Aftermath of Neutron-Star Collision
Posted on 10/24/2019 7:06:51 AM PDT by C19fan
Two neutron stars smashed together and shook the universe, triggering an epic explosion called a "kilonova" that spit lots of ultradense, ultrahot material into space. Now, astronomers have reported the most conclusive evidence yet that in the aftermath of that blast a missing-link element formed that could help explain some confusing chemistry of the universe.
When that shaking ripples in the very fabric of space-time, called gravitational waves reached Earth in 2017, it set off gravitational-wave detectors and became the first neutron- star collision ever detected Immediately, telescopes all over the world whirled around to study the light of the resulting kilonova. Now, data from those telescopes has revealed strong evidence of strontium whirling in the expelled matter, a heavy element with a cosmic history that was difficult to explain given everything else astronomers know about the universe.
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What it would sound like when a neutron- star collides: BONG!!...!!!BONG!!!...!!!
The Pointer Sisters - Neutron Dance
Thanks C19fan. [singing] Blame it on the kilonova...
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