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The Alchemy of Neutron Star Collisions

Season 5 Episode 23 | 11m 24s

Carl Sagan’s famous words: “We are star stuff” refers to a mind-blowing idea – that most atomic nuclei in our bodies were created in the nuclear furnace and the explosive deaths of stars that lived in the ancient universe. Many heavy elements - includes most precious metals - were produced in an even more spectacular event: the collision of neutron stars.

Aired: 06/05/19
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To travel the stars without faster than light travel we’re going to need a generation ship.
Today we are jumping into a black hole. Again.
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Is our 3-D universe is just the inward projection of an infinitely distant boundary?