Lithium discovered in exploding star

By Myles McCormick
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...

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