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Gold Comes from Neutron Star Collision

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Gold comes from the merger of neutron stars. How cool is that?

We always maintained that gold is a uniqueelement and aninvestment . Its extraordinary features were the very reason why people chose the yellow metal as money. Just think about it: there are more than 100 elements, but it was gold that became a market medium of exchange used by people all over the world. Aurum is neither a gas (try to pay for dinner with helium!), nor radioactive, so it does not kill its users (its quite important, we assume). Gold is solid but malleable (so we can make all these shiny bars and coins). It does not react, so it is durable actually, it is practically indestructible. And it is rare enough to be valuable, but not too rare (have you seen some osmium recently?). And it shines, of course!

For these reasons, gold has been used as money for thousands of years. And this is why it is still trusted by investors during crises, the yellow metal is the ultimatesafe haven , which has very low correlation with other assets. It thus serves asportfolio diversifier .

But it has recently turned out that golds uniqueness goes even further. Its history is also remarkable. Last week, scientists spotted gravitational waves produced from two colliding neutron stars (as a reminder, the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded for contributions to the LIGO detector and discovery of gravitational waves). Now, what does this have to do with gold? Well, quite a lot. This element was created in the nuclear fire of a binary neutron star merger. Surely, all elements (hence, we, humans, as well!) are made from dead stars. Hydrogen and helium were generated by the Big Bang. Other elements were produced by explosions of stars. But even the supernovas are not powerful enough to create gold. Instead, it was created by a kilonova, i.e., a merger of two neutron stars (which are the smallest and densest stars known to exist).

What does it mean for the gold market? Not so much. But it is amazing to know that all gold investors own and trade a commodity that was produced in a neutron star collision. Its really fascinating that people analyze and track prices of something which came from dead stars. Such news will probably not move the gold market, though.

However, when we detect a neutron start collision, we will inform you immediately. The observed merged produced about 10,000 Earth-masses of precious heavy elements. Such amount if it hits the market would definitely affect prices. But, as Duncan Brown, an astronomer at Syracuse University, put it, Youd need Captain Kirk to go and get it for you, though, so were not in any danger of disrupting the market right now. And the rate of these neutron star mergers in our galaxy is about one every 100,000 years, so do not hold your breath, waiting for the cosmic injection of gold!

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Arkadiusz Sieron, Ph.D.
Sunshine Profits Gold News Monitor and Market Overview Editor

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Arkadiusz Sieron is a certified Investment Adviser. He is a long-time precious metals market enthusiast, currently a Ph.D. candidate, dissertation on the redistributive effects of monetary inflation (Cantillon effects). Arkadiusz is a free market advocate who believes in the power of peaceful and voluntary cooperation of people. He is an economist and board member at the Polish Mises Institute think tank. He is also a Laureate of the 6th International Vernon Smith Prize. Arkadiusz is the author of Sunshine Profits’ monthly Market Overview report and daily Gold News Monitors, in which he keeps subscribers up-to-date regarding key fundamental developments affecting the gold market and helps them prepare for the major changes.

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