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Sep 15, 2020

Colliding Neutron Stars Generate Just Small Amounts of Gold, Creating an Astronomical Mystery

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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.

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