You are here

Chemistry of the Universe


Aries, the ram

Aries, the Ram October 4, 2011

Radio Programs

Perseus Cloud The chemistry of life in a star cluster November 23, 2023

Golden Stars Dying stars and precious metals July 26, 2023

Przybylski’s Star The oddest of odd stars May 20, 2023

Iron Ironing out a heavy element February 20, 2023

Helium-3 Future prospecting on the Moon July 29, 2022

Sweet Cloud Young stars and raspberry rum July 18, 2022

Carbon Factory A carbon factory in the lion June 22, 2022

Age of the Universe Calculating the age of the universe April 23, 2021

Final Days Turning up the stellar oven April 8, 2021

Magnetic Merger The brilliant birth of a magnetar March 4, 2021

Metallic Skies Rare metals in distant skies January 21, 2021

Third Dog Dumping chemicals into space January 13, 2021

Seeing Red Painting the universe red January 9, 2021

Making Carbon Making elements essential for life November 7, 2020

More Cassiopeia A Forging big batches of chemical elements October 27, 2020

Oxygen Breathing a creation of the stars August 31, 2020

Arneb Breathing the “ash” of dead stars March 29, 2020

Counting Candles Counting stellar birthday candles March 20, 2020

Alnilam A star that’s really a superstar March 12, 2020

Moon and Spica A star’s busy final day December 19, 2019

Rare Earths The residue of stellar collisions October 9, 2019

Helium A common but rare element September 11, 2019

Alphard A mystery in the water snake February 23, 2019

Stars Old and Young Stars old and young December 9, 2018

Manganese An exploded star in a bowl of oatmeal November 21, 2018

Making a Black Hole Making a little black hole September 14, 2018

Making Lithium Making an important element August 30, 2018

Solar Discovery Discovering a key part of the Sun August 17, 2018

Cobalt A bit of alchemy from the stars August 3, 2018

Chemistry Set Forging the table of the elements July 18, 2018

Ancient Star Looking deep into the past June 17, 2018

Marie Curie One scientist, two prizes November 7, 2017

Making Gold Making gold in the oddest of places November 6, 2017

Moon and Aldebaran A stellar chemical factory November 5, 2017

Beryllium A key element in fact and fantasy July 25, 2017

Oxygen Breathing a creation of the stars July 24, 2017

Gienah Stirring up a star’s ingredients April 16, 2017

Planetary Gems Garnets and rubies and sapphires, Oh, my! April 12, 2017

Growth Spurt A growth spurt in a distant galaxy March 27, 2017

Making Elements IV Violent alchemy in the stars March 9, 2017

Making Elements III Heavy stars make heavy elements March 8, 2017

Making Elements II Making elements in the hearts of stars March 7, 2017

Making Elements Brewing up a universe of elements March 6, 2017

Featured Images

carbon star cw leonis

Sooty Star June 22, 2022

Multi-spectral view of Cassiopeia A, a supernova remnant

Brilliant Demise October 26, 2020

Supernova remnant N132D in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Breath of Life August 31, 2020

Ring Nebula

Last Gasp July 4, 2019

X-ray view of Cassiopeia A

It's Elemental January 2, 2018

Structure of a massive star shortly before it explodes as a supernova

Stellar Onion March 9, 2017

Universal Chemistry March 6, 2017