Ever wondered where gold comes from?
"Duh, the earth retard", I hear you thinking.
Yeah, no I mean where it really really really comes from? How is it originally created?
Well, here's something interesting I learned today while browsing random shit on Reddit.
If we were to be poetic, we would say it is created when two start kiss. Gay! But close enough.
Apparently, recent research has shown gold and other precious metal like platinum are created when two neutron stars collide.
Traditionally, gold in the universe is thought to have formed by the r-process (rapid neutron capture) in supernova nucleosynthesis, but more recently it has been suggested that gold and other elements heavier than iron may also be produced in quantity by the r-process in the collision of neutron stars source
Here's a video from Stockholm University where a bunch of
geeks astrophysicists explain more about the actual process
Who knew the answer to the question medieval alchemists had was so easy. All they needed to do was get two neutron stars and have them touch each other.
*A neutron star is the extremely dense core of a massive star that has collapsed and gone supernova. The protons and electrons of the star's atoms are forced together under intense pressure, forming neutrons. These neutrons are packed so tightly together that a sugar-cube-sized amount of neutron star material would weigh around a billion tons. They have incredibly strong magnetic fields, and can rotate rapidly, emitting intense radiation. Some neutron stars are also observed as pulsars, emitting beams of radiation that sweep across the sky like lighthouse beams. (via chatgbt)
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