Kilonovae are the result of a neutron star explosion, which is responsible for the creation of heavier elements such as gold, platinum and actinides in our solar system. The study of Imre Bartos and Szabolcs Marka revealed that 80 million years before the birth of our solar system, a kilonova just a distance of 1,000 light years away generated some of the heavier elements found in Earth and meteorites. This is how they began to study the elements of the periodic table in relation to stars, and even with galaxies. To explain the abundance of certain elements, particularly gold and platinum, it was realized that neutron fluxes necessary to be able to give an explanation to this abundances were in the collisions of neutron stars that produced kilonovae. A kilonova is the result of the merger of two neutron stars or a neutron star and a black hole.
Today: December 9, 2023