Neutron star merger animation and elements formed in these events

This artist’s impression shows two tiny but very dense neutron stars merging and exploding as a kilonova. Such objects are the main source of very heavy chemical elements, such as gold and platinum, in the Universe. The detection of one element, strontium (Sr), has now been confirmed using data from the X-shooter instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

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ESO/L. Calçada

About the Video

Id:eso1917b
Release date:23 October 2019, 19:00
Related releases:eso1917
Duration:48 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:GW170817
Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star
Category:Stars

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