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RSS FeedsExtinct atom reveals the long-kept secrets of the solar system
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3 march 2021 09:15:14

 
Extinct atom reveals the long-kept secrets of the solar system
(World News Science)
 


Using the extinct niobium-​92 atom, ETH researchers have been able to date events in the early solar system with greater precision than before. The study concludes that supernova explosions must have taken place in the birth environment of our sun. If an atom of a chemical element has a surplus of protons or neutrons, it becomes unstable. It will shed these additional particles as gamma radiation until it becomes stable again. One such unstable isotope is niobium-​92 (92Nb), which experts also refer to as a radionuclide. Its...


 
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