By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
Timeline Story

Population II Stars: Heavy Element Synthesis

Population II Stars: Heavy Element Synthesis

Absolute Years From Now: -13590000000
Story Reference Date: 03/27/2024

Legacy: Began enriching the interstellar medium with heavier elements, including carbon, necessary for organic chemistry

From the ashes of Population III stars, celestial giants, rose a new generation of stars, the Population II stars. These stars contained a higher proportion of the heavier elements, granting them a longer lifespan, and likely the company of planets. Since most Population III stars had a lifespan of only about 10 million years, Population II stars started forming shortly after Population III stars.

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