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Great Balls of Fire!

Kirsten Atmekjian - Monday, June 20, 2016

Meteorites brought gold to earth!

Did Jerry Lee Lewis know?

Scientists have concluded that the majority of gold on Earth came to us from the stars. You got it. Humanity's favourite metal for jewellery and all things shiny originates from beyond the stars.

During the time of the Late Heavy Bombardment around 4 billion years ago, the Earth and other planets in our galaxy were struck by a very high number of asteroids and meteorites. Much of the gold in the Earth's crust is thought to have arrived with these asteroids. In other words, great balls of fire brought gold to Earth before Great Balls of Fire went Gold for Jerry Lee Lewis.

Who knew?

Drop in and see Ken work his magic with our favourite shiny space dust!


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