posted on Feb, 15 2012 @ 03:32 PM
An interesting question related to this. when a star dies completely, doesn't it create a black hole?
I cant remember if this was just a thought, or if it was something I had read. But when a star dies its mass collapses into itself and distorts space
with the immense mass concentrated in a small area that it creates a temporal distortion and causes a black hole?
Assuming that what I had asked is correct, couldn't that imply that a star, as it collapses, creates elements even heavier than the ones we've
synthesized to date? The heaviest element I can remember from chemistry class is ununpentium(115), and as I read an updated periodic table I see
they've managed to create at least 117, and they also mention a possible "Island of stability" for elements with atomic numbers greater than 111.
If a sun is a fusion reactor, constantly taking elements and making them into heavier new elements, couldn't that mean that near the end of its life,
it could create elements this heavy?
I understand that stars, even in infancy, are extremely heavy. But, again assuming that the above question is correct, how could a star collapse to
create something as powerful as a black hole using only iron? Or is it simply that 'over the hill moment' when a star begins to produce iron that it
is a sign of its life cycle nearing a relative end?