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First Identification of a Heavy Element Born from Neutron Star Collision

25 Oct 2019, 20:08 UTC
First Identification of a Heavy Element Born from Neutron Star Collision ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser

For the first time, a freshly made heavy element, strontium, has been detected in space, in the aftermath of a merger of two neutron stars. This finding was observed by ESO’s X-shooter spectrograph on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and is published today in Nature. The detection confirms that the heavier elements in the Universe can form in neutron star mergers, providing a missing piece of the puzzle of chemical element formation.

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