Colliding neutron stars were touted as the main source of some of the heaviest elements in the Periodic Table. Now, not so much …
Neutron star collisions do not create the quantity of chemical elements previously assumed, a new analysis of galaxy evolution finds.
The research also reveals that current models can’t explain the amount of gold in the cosmos – creating an astronomical mystery.
The work has produced a new-look Periodic Table, showing the stellar origins of naturally occurring elements from carbon to uranium.Continue reading Elements of surprise: neutron stars contribute little, but something’s making gold, research finds