March 02, 2003
Dust in the [Solar] Wind

The lead-in to this BBCnews science article says it all:

For the first time, scientists have identified and analysed single grains of silicate dust formed in ancient stars from before our Solar System was created.

To this day it weirds me out a little bit to realize that everything more complex than Hydrogen and Helium was created inside a star. Everything you see around you, everything that makes you up, everything your kids are comes from star stuff.

Posted by scott at March 02, 2003 05:00 PM

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What about this tidbit of humbleness: Nothing that you are made of -- from the stuff that makes your fingernails to the neurons in your brain -- is new. Every little bit of that was part of the mass that existed before the Big Bang.

Posted by: Jon-Paul on March 2, 2003 05:15 PM

How about this, our solar system is very young compared to some others out there. And humans haven't even been on the planet for half of our systems life.

Posted by: Cindy on March 3, 2003 12:29 AM
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