Periodic Table – Where Your Elements Came From

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The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of stars, as was the oxygen. Much of the iron in your body was made during supernovas of stars that occurred long ago and far away. The gold in your jewelry was likely made from neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration gamma-ray bursts. Elements like phosphorus and copper are present in our bodies in only small amounts but are essential to the functioning of all known life. The featured periodic table is color coded to indicate humanity‘s best guess as to the nuclear origin of all known elements. The sites of nuclear creation of some elements, such as copper, are not really well known and are continuing topics of observational and computational research.” (APOD)

More Periodic Table goodness. This table shows where each element came from, starting with Hydrogen and Helium formed during the Big Bang, all the way through large and small stars, supernovae and cosmic rays, and ending with a slew of man-made elements. I like the simplified view of this Periodic Table, how, at a quick glance, you can see where each element came from. Onwards!

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One Response to Periodic Table – Where Your Elements Came From

  1. Dragallur says:

    That is a cool pic. thanks for sharing!

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