VIDEO: Astronomers Witness Massive Cosmic Collision Valued At $10 Octillion In Gold
By Fox News // October 17, 2017
crash happened 130 million years ago
ABOVE VIDEO: Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, make major discoveries. (Fox News video)
(FOX NEWS) – It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created.
Forbes estimated that the collision created an estimated $10 octillion in gold, which is $10 billion, billion, billion.
What they witnessed in mid-August and revealed Monday was the long-ago collision of two neutron stars — a phenomenon California Institute of Technology’s David H. Reitze called “the most spectacular fireworks in the universe.”
The crash happened 130 million years ago, while dinosaurs still roamed on Earth, but the signal didn’t arrive on Earth until Aug. 17 after traveling 130 million light-years. A light-year is 5.88 trillion miles.
“We already knew that iron came from a stellar explosion, the calcium in your bones came from stars and now we know the gold in your wedding ring came from merging neutron stars,” said University of California Santa Cruz’s Ryan Foley.
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