Untitled Document

Coins & bullion since 1973
 

1-800-869-5115

How Gold Is Created

by Robert Kurlich

pdficon
Printable Version

In a supernova in the depths of space, long, long ago...
According to Tyson, author of Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandries, all gold on Earth started out in the center of a star; he says stars are "in the business of cosmic alchemy."

Click here to read and hear more about the fascinating origin of gold

For another small article, see also NASA's Picture of the day -- On the Origin of Gold.

(R. Nemiroff & J, Bonnell) -- Where did the gold in your jewelry originate? No one is completely sure. The relative average abundance in our Solar System appears higher than can be made in the early universe, in stars, and even in typical supernova explosions. Some astronomers have recently suggested that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. Since neutron star collisions are also suggested as the origin of short duration gamma-ray bursts, it is possible that you already own a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

Supernova

creation of gold

origin of gold

deep space origin of gold

Original article at NPR, February 14, 2007
by Robert Krulwic
h

Deep space photography courtesy of the talented teams at NASA and STScI

 

Reprinted with permission

Return to Gilded Opinion Index

USAGOLD sider, what we have to offer
 JsCharts
 

ORDER DESK
Great prices. Quick delivery. All the time.
Modern gold and silver bullion coins
Historic fractional gold coins (bullion-related)
Historic U.S. gold coins

Phone Orders
6am to 7pm MT weekdays
1-800-869-5115
Extension #100

Prefer e-mail to get started?
orderdesk@usagold.com

Your questions are welcome!

bbb
5-stars
Better Business Bureau A+ 5-Star Rating
Since 1991 / Zero Complaints / See Reviews

American Numismatic Association since 1975 Industry Council for Tangible Assets since 1985


News & Views
Forecasts, Commentary & Analysis
on the Economy and Precious Metals

DECEMBER, 2017
minersbars
The Gift of Gold
A simple thought for the holiday season

Plus
Gold's Mysterious Waterfall
Drops. . .and recoveries
––
And more ––

We invite you to sign-up for FREE immediate access to our current newsletter as well as future publications.



RELATED LINKS

 

Monday December 11
website support: sitemaster@usagold.com / general mail: admin@usagold.com
Site Map - Risk Disclosure - Privacy Policy - Shipping Policy - Terms of Use
© 1997-2017 USAGOLD All Rights Reserved
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 460009, Denver, CO USA 80246-0009
1-800-869-5115