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ARE WE STAR DUST OR NUCLEAR WASTE?

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The story of the birth and death of stars is the story of the battle of matter against the force of gravity and the story of the origin of all the elements, apart from hydrogen and helium, which were formed within a few minutes after the Big Bang. Stars like our Sun will first fry their planets before slowly fading away. More massive stars will end their lives in supernova explosions, scattering newly created heavy elements into space, ready to form the next generation of stars.

Dr Robin Catchpole, ex Senior Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, is now at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. His research career was spent at Greenwich and at various observatories in South Africa. His research interests include the composition of stars, galaxies with black holes and the structure of our galaxy.

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