How You Became You – Origin of the Elements of Life

Timothy Beers

Tuesday April 18th 2017 - 7:00 pm ET

101 Jordan Hall of Science

Professor Beers tells the story of how the Universe made the elements that make up your body, your planet, your Sun, your Galaxy, and everything in them. From the caldrons of the massive first stars emerged the fundamental elements required for life as we know it – Carbon, Nitrogen, and Oxygen – within the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Shortly thereafter, heavier elements that provide the “spice” of life were created in supernovae explosions and merging neutron stars. Come hear the exciting tale, details of which are being explored by researchers here at Notre Dame.

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