Ask Ethan: Are we the children of neutron stars and black holes? | by Ethan Siegel | Starts With A Bang! | Oct, 2021

Black holes and neutron stars accelerate matter around them and are sources of very high-energy phenomena, but arise from the deaths of massive stars. These stellar remnants are the last piece of remaining evidence of prior generations of stars which have lived, died, and enriched the interstellar medium. (Credit: Kagoshima University.)

Are the stellar remnants in our cosmic backyard actually our parents and grandparents?

Ethan Siegel

As far as the universe goes, our own solar system is a relative latecomer to the game. The overwhelming majority of stars and planets that exist formed long before our own sun did, with the most massive of those…

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