Most lithium-rich giant star discovered

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By: PTI | Beijing |
Published: August 7, 2018 6:41:47 pm


The findings, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, were realised with the help of The Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) located in northern China. (Image: NASA)

Chinese scientists have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known – with lithium abundance 3,000 times higher than normal – which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe. The star is in the direction of Ophiuchus, north side of the Galactic disk, with a distance of 4,500 light years to Earth, said researchers at National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“The discovery of this star has largely increased the upper limit of the observed lithium abundance, and provides a potential explanation to the…

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