July 21, 2021
Artist's rendition of a magnetorotational hypernova explosion

SkyMapper and the VLT reveal a new source of uranium and gold in the early Universe

How were the heavy elements like uranium and gold produced? Until recently, neutron star mergers were the only confirmed source of the rapid neutron-capture (r-) process elements (roughly half of the elements heavier than zinc in the Periodic Table). Those events involve the merger of the remnants of...
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