There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills, and We Don’t Know Why #poetry #astronomy

Neutron stars merging (artist concept, University of Warwick/Mark Garlick)

“Neutron star collisions
Release showers of gold,”
But such cosmic events
Are rare to behold.

They make all the strontium
That is observed,
But our planet’s bright gilding
Is hardly deserved.

Carbon makes sense,
Uranium’s explained,
Europium was tricky
But now ascertained.

So why so much gold?
Why all the bling?
That’s still a mystery
You wear as a ring.

Thanks to Live Science for their article and the phrase quoted above that launched this poem.

2 thoughts on “There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills, and We Don’t Know Why #poetry #astronomy

  1. If there is a reason, I am going to go out on a limb here, (a rather strong limb I think) and surmise that the reason has nothing to do with the concept of wealth. It is interesting to ponder. I imagine that there are applications for gold but its use is prohibited by cost. Which kind of backs up my original thought.

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