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Originally Posted by Portis
Forums were down, so I learned something
Yeah. That was a harsh 4 hours. I had to go learn something to fill the gap, too. I learned that helium fusion in a red giant fuses 2 He(4) into Be(8), which then can decay back into He(2), unless a third Helium happens to wander in, in which case you end up with stable C(12) via the triple-alpha process. Further alpha-reactions with the stable carbon may then yield O(16) and Ne(20).
Thank God for type 1a supernovae or all these fun elements would just be left sitting in slowly cooling white dwarfs instead of begetting life.
And, believe it or not, it's on youtube.
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