(IJCH) The Dance of the Neutron Stars (Or How Universal Gold and Platinum is Made)

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(IJCH) The Dance of the Neutron Stars (Or How Universal Gold and Platinum is Made)


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I am JaiChai.

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The Story


It was beautiful.

I mean the symmetry was simply exquisite.

The two Neutron Stars had been circling each other for billions of years. The dance was like two lovers performing an untouchable, circular ritual - a calculated, non-contact tango.

It had a professional precision resulting from countless rehearsals over the millennia and produced a spectacle with a palpable sensuality.

But something changed.

Whether by extrinsic or intrinsic cause, the two dancers edged closer and closer until they merged. With this union they fused into an indescribable ball of energy that could not be contained for long.

An explosion of beautiful light and sound produces a brood of unique offspring - billions of gold and platinum particles that, over time, form new stars.

And the dance continues...

The Science

With new tools, astrophysicists have detected and recorded gravity waves. Very Interesting. These gravity waves tell dramatic stories - such as the Neutron Star dance depicted earlier.


"How Gravitational Waves Led Astronomers to Neutron Star Gold"

The origin of the universe's heaviest elements has mystified scientists, but after Monday's (Oct. 16) historic announcement of the detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars, astronomers have struck gold — literally.




Imagine that?

By JaiChai

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About the Author

Believing that school was too boring, he dropped out of High School early; only to earn an AA, BS and MBA in less than 4 years much later in life – while working full-time as a Navy/Marine Corps Medic.

In spite of a fear of heights and deep water, he performed high altitude, free-fall parachute jumps and hazardous diving ops in deep, open ocean water.


After 24 years of active duty, he retired in Asia.

Since then, he's been a full-time, single papa and actively pursuing his varied passions (Writing, Disruptive Technology, Computer Science and Cryptocurrency - plus more hobbies too boring or bizarre for most folk).

He lives on an island paradise with his teenage daughter, longtime girlfriend and three dogs.


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Incredible @jaichai

We learn more with every passing event. It's feels like a big step in our progression but I'm sure it's just a tiny ripple.

I'm just imagining a load of cowboys trying to get out in space and collect all the gold up! 😂

Cheers, Gaz


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Aaahh this is amazing, it's so cool how you described it and the event it's just amazing. Keep sharing science!!

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Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

Namaste, JaiChai

Loved the story and the science behind it

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So gravity waves created by two colliding neutron stars created gold? :O So cool! Another mystery of our world is revealed !! :D

Interesting stuff! The universe truly is so vast that we will never understand all of its wonders, but pretty cool to continue learning what we can! A dance indeed.


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I am always struck when looking at photos of the universe.....how they look so much like things through a microscope. As above..so below...lol...i think that’s not how that phrase is meant to be used...but it made sense to me as i wrote it.

It is really cool that we can detect such things now from signals sent billions of years ago. Reality really is stranger than fiction.

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Ah yes. even light needs time to travel, no?

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Namaste, JaiChai

I saw this when they first discovered the waves. Increadable discovery.

Very cool. The more questions answered the more are raised. Can not get enough of astronomy. Thanks for sharing.