Friday, August 22, 2014

Thermochemistry in Stellar Metamorphosis

There are four basic types of thermochemical reactions:

1. Combination
2. Decomposition (analysis)
3. Single replacement
4. Double replacement

I have found the most ignored portion of stellar sciences, thermochemistry. No mention is made at all of thermochemistry inside a star, because everybody is conditioned to believe stars are "fusion reactors". It is the absolute worst misdirection in the history of science, it is even supported by Nobel Laureates:

“From a chemist’s point of view, the surface or interior of a star…is boring—there are no molecules there.”--Roald Hoffmann

They are not "fusion reactors". To get astronomy and astrophysics back on track we need to study the three basic schools:

1. Thermodynamics
2. Electrochemistry
3. Thermochemistry

All three need to be taught when referring to stellar evolution. For my readers, you already know star evolution is the process of planet formation itself so you are ahead of the game by leaps and bounds.

For my future reference: Last night I was in bed and I considered writing a short on the maximum diameter/mass of the iron/nickel core a star can synthesize. As there seems to be a maximum size.

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