James Webb Space Telescope finds rare heavy chemical element from ‘kilonova’ explosion | Space

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Astronomers using NASA’s powerful James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) just spotted tellurium, an element rarer than platinum is on Earth, in the aftermath of two dense stellar corpses about 1 billion light-years away. The findings could help researchers better understand the conditions in which precious chemical elements are created in the universe.

“Just over 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev wrote down the periodic table of elements, we are now finally in the position to start filling in those last blanks of understanding where everything was made, thanks to Webb,” study lead author Andrew Levan of Radboud University in the Netherlands and lead author of the study said in a statement.

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