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Homework Help: Solar system question

  1. Mar 4, 2008 #1
    You are traveling through space and come upon a solar system having a star like the Sun, but with planets being extremely rich in calcium, aluminum, titanium. How were the formation conditions different from our solar system?


    Attempt at solution: The supernova that created this solar system was the death of a larger star than the one that created ours?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 4, 2008 #2
    The star was probably likely 10 to 40 times the mass of our sun, became a white dwarf and collapsed creating trillions of degrees allowing electrons to push into the nuclei causing a massive explosion and elements heavier than iron to be created. So your super nova is correct!
     
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