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Neutron Star Collision Discovery! #tellurium

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A breakthrough that advances the understanding of element formation in the universe was observed by an international team of astronomers including Clemson University’s Dieter Hartmann.
They gathered proof of the formation of uncommon heavy elements after a cataclysmic explosion resulting from the merger of two neutron stars.
They observed a gamma-ray burst, creating a rare element, tellurium. This discovery sheds light on the origin of elements heavier than iron.
The burst, GRB230307A, was detected by NASA’s Fermi Telescope and observed using multiple telescopes, including the James Webb Space Telescope.
So this kilonova event producing tellurium, indicates the rapid process occurring in neutron star mergers.

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