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STELLAR ARCHAEOLOGY

Lifting the secrets of stardust

The cosmic origin of the heaviest elements in the periodic table remains a mystery. Estimates of the physical locations of element-producing events within small galaxies that formed in the early Universe are now providing new clues.

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Fig. 1: Distribution of gas, stars and heavy r-process elements in a simulated galaxy.

Yuta Tarumi

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Frebel, A., Surman, R. Lifting the secrets of stardust. Nat Astron 4, 564–565 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-020-1115-2

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