Are there gold factories in space?
The research team was led by Jillian Rastinejad of Northwestern University in the US. It included experts from the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester, as well as Radboud University in the Netherlands. The researchers said they believe the explosion produced elements such as gold and platinum. Dr Matt Nicol, an associate professor at the University of Birmingham, said the research supports the idea that kilonovae are ‘the main gold factories in the universe’.
8.5 billion year old explosion seen now
Similarly, in February, scientists had seen a bright light. It came from a star that got very close to the supermassive black hole. The star was torn to pieces by reaching the black hole’s gravitational field. This rare event took place 8.5 billion light years away from Earth. This means that this star was broken 8.5 billion years ago, due to which the light emitted has now reached the Earth.