Are you wearing any jewelry? Some of those precious metals originated in space, and a research lab in Washington helped verify that today.
Michael Landry is head physicist at the LIGO laboratory near Richland. He’s ecstatic because the event proved something physicists long theorized -- that heavy metals like gold and platinum were produced during events called kilonovas.
“So if you look at your ring or your necklace," Landry said, "the gold in that piece of jewelry came to be through collisions of neutron stars back billions of years ago.”