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Gold on Earth Probably Came From a Cataclysmic Merger of two Neutron Stars

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Post by Lurker on Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:18 pm

A team led by Harvard astronomer Edo Berger now reports that gold is likely created as an aftereffect of the collision of two "neutron" stars. Neutron stars are themselves the collapsed remains of imploded stars, incredibly dense stellar objects that weigh at least 1.4 times as much as the sun but which are thought to be less than 10 miles wide.

While ordinary stars explode about once every century in our galaxy, Berger says, explosive collisions of two neutron stars happen only about once every 10,000 years. And it appears they spew out gold and other heavy elements in the week after their merger.

"Call it the golden glow," Berger says. "In this case, we were able to observe it for the first time and see how the merger seems to be producing (the) heavy elements."


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/07/17/gold-neutron-star/2521311/

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:26 pm

So essentially, it's not just rare here on Earth!

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Post by Instigator66 on Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:44 am

I'm not sure where I originally heard this, but somebody once postulated that humans were placed on Earth and taught to love gold so that we would mine it for our alien parents/creators.
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