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Birth of Gold on NPR

I just heard that the birth of the rather heavy, and oddly numbered,
79 proton, gold atom can only happen in the extreme heat and high
pressures found at the core of a collapsing star and a super nova
star at that. Our sun would be far too small to be able to produce
gold atoms should it collapse.

The physicist also estimated that from its birth the gold atom has
had to travel the distance of 3 million light years to be worn by
some one on earth today. And that there are 1 million iron atoms in
the universe to every single atom of gold. Fascinating material.

Nanz Aalund
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