The Buffalo Science Museum: We Are all Made of Stars

By Marcus Scott

“On a basic quantum level, all the matter in the universe
is essentially made up of stardust,” said quantum physics enthusiast and
electro-pop personality Moby, when he was interviewed after his megahit “We Are
All Made of Stars” took over the airwaves in 2002. Who knows? Maybe, he’s
right. 

Celebrating the
science and one of its trailblazers with the International Year of Astronomy
2009
, a global nod to astronomy and its contributions to the arts, culture and
civilization, the Buffalo Museum of Science’s astronomy exhibit continues until the end of April.

Taking place on a local and international level, from the heart
of Africa to here in the states, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is
observing practically everything about the science and the stars, from black
holes to cosmology. 

This week, the museum will be doing a continuum of “Telescopes
and Constellations
,” a weekend program that documents how a telescope works,
and trains one to recognize universally-known constellations in Western New
York on April 18-19 and April 25-26. Another scheduled program is that of “Night
Sky and Solar Energy
,” a tutorial on the sun’s energy and the conversion of
light energy into heat and mechanical energies and a seminar of the Earth’s
moon and its eight phases is ongoing until the 17th.  

The museum also encourages Buffalo residents to
join Dr. Dejan Stojkovic of SUNY Buffalo as he gives an overview of black holes
this Sunday, April 19th
.

Connect with the stars and connect with people at this year’s
International Year of Astronomy.

 

 

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5 comments
Crisa
Crisa

The comments in this topic appear to be focused on humanity. So, I'd like to say:

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"Dust thou art and unto dust thou shall return". Truer words were never spoken, so, *don't sweat the small stuff.

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Science is constantly advancing through every known "depth, breadth and height" and then discovering new ones.

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It is fascinating to know that scientists live out their lives discovering new things and then die having passed their knowledge on so that future generations can move ever further. That's the ultimate legacy.

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In a less lofty direction, (myself knowing I am not very lofty), I bet most adults do not know that Pluto is no longer considered a planet (the 9th) by many scientists, so it is not known if a possible new one, Aris(sp), should be the tenth planet or also not a planet at all leaving 8 known planets.

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I'm glad this topic is up so I can stop feeling compulsed to respond at the *carpy Davis one...

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*carpy Davis stuff

K-Rock
K-Rock

*Technically, some Helium, Lithium, and Beryllium were also sythesized during the first few chaotic minutes of the Universe, as the subatomic "soup" of the Big Bang cooled and coalesced into all those wonderful Hydrogen molecules.

However, most of the He, Li, and Be that we presently observe around us would have originated from the fusion reactions of stars past.

al labruna
al labruna

actually we are all made up of of the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether.

K-Rock
K-Rock

"Who knows?"

Well, you should know that, and so should everyone else. That elements are sythesized inside stars is a fact that has been mentioned quite often in your science classes, in scientific literature, on public television, at science museums, and yes, even in the the lyrics of many pop songs.

Please "dust" off your periodic table of elements and take a look at it. You will surely remember some of our favorite elements. Oxygen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Sodium, Iron, Gold, Tungsten. Those and all of the other elements you see there (except Hydrogen) are sythesized inside stars! The molecules that make up your body, the air you breathe, and the ground beneath you feet, were ALL forged in the heart of a stellar furnace. Furthermore, most of the elements on the table are ONLY able to be sythesized in the final, ultra-violent moments of a star going supernova and blowing itself apart. Not all stars are massive enough to have such spectacular deaths, so the heavier elements that surround us can take many, many stellar generations to be sythesized in quantity.

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