Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient

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By: Katie Hutnan

As it turns out, exploding stars have a key ingredient for glass. Silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2) is a very common mineral found in Earth’s rocks. One of those rocks, quartz, also has silica in it. Quartz is in sand, sand is in glass.

A new study using observations by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reports that silica, one of the common minerals found on Earth, was formed when a large star exploded near Earth.

Silica is used in many, many things. Concrete for sidewalks, roads and buildings are just some of the things silica is used for.

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/exploding-stars-make-key-ingredient-found-in-glass

Supernova remnant G54.1+0.3 includes radio, infrared and X-ray light

This is related to engineering because glass is a key element in many buildings and everyday things.