Lithium discovered in exploding star
Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015
The detection of lithium in a stellar explosion brings scientists a step closer to discovering the answer to the “lithium riddle”, a paradox where younger stars tend to hold greater quantities of the element than older ones.
A study by scientists in Chile has
revealed the presence of lithium in an exploding star known as
a nova for the first time – a discovery that goes some
way to explaining an astrophysical mystery surrounding the
quantity of the element in stars.
Working at the Silla observatory, some 700km...