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Alchemy: Kilonova Explosion of Two Stars

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Astronomers saw two stars collide in a distant galaxy. This type of collision, called a kilonova, produces precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Looking at jewelry made with these metals with a new awe and appreciation. 

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Gravitational waves (seen in this shot from a New York Times video) emanating off these extreme forces can alter time and space, further proving Einstein's theory from 100 years ago. 

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So much heat!! Protecting ourselves from any excess gamma rays with an extra layer of Lauren's All Purpose Salve this week.