“The ‘Big Bang’ iPhone” –Age of Sun-Like Stars Predicts Lithium Production

"The Big Bang iPhone" --Age of Sun-Like Stars Predicts Lithium Production

 

“Our observations show that Sun-like stars actually create lithium later in their lives, after they have swelled to become red giants. This means that the Sun itself will also manufacture lithium about five billion years in the future,” said Dr. Yerra Bharat Kumar from National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences about the “lithium-rich” red giants first discovered about 40 years ago that create up to 1,000 times as much lithium as other giant stars. Yet how they create their lithium remains a mystery. The amount of lithium produced in just one of these giants would be enough to make electric car batteries for 20,000 trillion cars.

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