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Chemistry of the Universe


Aries, the ram

Aries, the Ram October 4, 2011

Radio Programs

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

Exoplanets V Looking for signs of life September 16, 2016

New Helium A common but hard-to-find element September 10, 2016

Explosive Debris Heavy “rains” from exploding stars August 22, 2016

Hydrogen Discovering 'inflammable air'... May 28, 2016

Making Fluorine A stellar cavity fighter May 2, 2016

First Stars II Brilliant clusters in the early universe July 16, 2015

The First Stars Whipping up the first stars July 15, 2015

Stellar Metals A difference between young and old stars July 14, 2015

More Fred Hoyle Scientist, writer, contrarian June 24, 2015

Fred Hoyle Unlocking the secrets of the stars June 23, 2015

Methane Powering the search for life June 21, 2015

M92 An ancient family of stars May 12, 2015

Meteorites II Measuring the age of the solar system April 17, 2015

Beryllium A key element in fact and fantasy March 31, 2015

Iron Ironing out a heavy element February 4, 2015

Moon and Jupiter “Warping” the heart of a planet February 1, 2015

Featured Images

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

Hot Dust January 7, 2014

Gold may have been created in the mergers of neutron stars

Golden Mergers December 23, 2013

Multispectral view of giant star-forming regions at the center of the Milky Way

Molecule Factory November 13, 2012

A thick torus of dust encircles a quasar

Water Works September 13, 2011

A multi-spectral view of a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Life from Death September 17, 2010

A hot, massive star 'exhales' a breath of oxygen in this recent image from WISE.

Breath of Life June 22, 2010

A Dose of Magnesium January 20, 2010