Astronomy Cast

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Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences

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Astronomy Cast brings you a weekly fact-based journey through the cosmos.


Ep. 75: Stellar Populations

February 11th, 2008

Episode 77 of 460 episodes

After the big bang, all we had was hydrogen, a little bit of helium, and a few other trace elements. Today, we’ve a whole periodic table of elements to enjoy, from oxygen we breathe to the aluminium cans we drink from to the uranium that powers some people’s homes. How did we get from plain old hydrogen to our current diversity? It came from stars, in fact successive generations of stars.