Did you know that stars hold the answer to the question - “where do we come from?”*
Neither did we. Until we met Michelle Thaller.
Michelle is a professional star-gazer, studying the evolution and lives of stars. It turns out, the only thing in the universe that can form an atom - other than Hydrogen - is a star. Oxygen, Carbon, all the stuff that our bodies are made of, it all comes from those diamonds in the sky.
So, in addition to being massive, luminous spheres of plasma held together by gravity, stars actually hold the very building blocks of life - elements. The next time you’re gazing at the sky on a starry night, pondering the meaning of the universe - think only of the Periodic Table.
*The gas giants in the sky, not the movie kind (though in fairness, Tom Cruise might know something we don’t).