How a Neutron Star Collision Uncovers Secrets of the Universe


By: David Truong

On August 17th, two neutron stars and the ultra dense cores of dead stars have collided. The remnants of the reaction left scientists with loads of new information. The unknown origins of elements were revealed in the collision. Certain elements were created from the collision, leading scientists to conclude that those elements came from that specific reaction.

Source: CNN

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This discovery unveiled information about the heavy elements, gravitational and electromagnetic waves, and the makeup of neutron stars. With this new information in their hands, scientists should be able to make great strides in astrophysics.