|Where did the
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
recently suggested that neutron-rich heavy
elements such as
gold might be most easily
made in rare
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
Since neutron star collisions are also suggested as the origin of
it is possible that you already own a souvenir from one of the most
powerful explosions in the universe.