What is the Me in the Equation?

Nadya Johnson

Joined January 2009

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Inspired by an episode of “How the Universe Works” on the Science Channel

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But for the explosion of an ancient star much larger than our sun in the distant long-ago, we wouldn’t be here to ponder why or what it means. All heavy elements – the stuff of which we’re made and which comprises everything on Earth – is born from star-death when a massive sun goes super-nova, spewing precious matter into space which over time is recompressed by gravity to form secondary stars, then planets, then should conditions foster life – life.

Our sun, they say, will one day leave behind a carbon core not unlike a cosmic diamond when it dies. Stars 8 times larger than our own eventually explode creating neutron stars; and if they’re more than 10 times larger they will leave an even stranger remnant called a Magnetar. Suns at least 100 times the size of ours explode in what is called a Hyper-nova which in turn leave behind black holes. But it’s the cosmic detonations which create the heavy elements. Carbon first, cobalt next, nickel after that and down the line to the rarest – gold, platinum, uranium. The star-killer is the iron. Suns run on fusion, but iron can’t be fused. A sun producing iron has about 3 seconds left before it detonates – so think of that next time you use an iron skillet!

Somewhere, some-when, billions of years in the past, that iron killed a star. The same is true for the iron in our blood. If not for star-explosions, all such elements would remain forever trapped within their parent-suns and the universe would be composed of hydrogen and little else.

What are we then, but Children of the Universe? There is no “it” and “us”, we are the same.


Figure from ladydeath 2 by kindledeath at Deviantart.com

Watches are from pocketwatch1 by CAstock (only one watch – no hands – multiple shapes are done in Photoshop)

All other brushes and effects are mine/ multiple textures and effects are applied in Photoshop

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