HOW We’re Made of Stardust

Ok, you know how all those really high hippies say “We’re just all made of stardust maaaaannnnnnnnn!!”?

Well, I’ve always wondered too and I’m going to explain why it’s true.

In 1945 it was known that the big bang didn’t have the right conditions to create anything else other than helium and hydrogen, which are the two lightest elements know. Ok, so everyone wondered, where the hell did all the other elements come from? Well, someone figured out that stars (like our sun) are only made of helium and hydrogen and when they get really old, if they’re the right size, they explode. And when they explode, they produce temperatures approaching a billion degrees which is enough for them to produce the heavier elements, like carbon and oxygen, that… wait for it… make up our bodies!!!

SO. We are literally made out of stuff that was cooked up in an exploding star billions of years ago.



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3 responses to “HOW We’re Made of Stardust

  1. J MacDaddy

    Slight scientific correction Mr. Warmels: there were trace amounts of lithium and beryllium directly after the big bang in addition to hydrogen and helium.

    Boom goes the dynamite.

  2. Maddy

    I believe your “stardust” theory is what many scientists refer to as “matter”…essentially a composition of atoms. Props for the effort lol

  3. “The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
    – Lawrence Krauss

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