The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff. – Carl Sagan.
This isn’t a metaphor. We are actually made of star stuff. A star🌟 begins its life as a rotating clump of gas and dust, predominantly made of hydrogen.
Eventually, hydrogen in its core collide and fuse to form helium. These nuclear reactions release powerful bursts of energy in the form of light. That’s how stars 🌟 are born.
But it doesn’t stop there Helium atoms fuse together to form carbon. Carbon combines with helium to create oxygen, which fuses into neon, then magnesium… all the way across the periodic table to iron. Once the star’s core becomes a solid ball of iron, it can’t fuse elements to create energy.
When the star’s core surpasses a certain mass, the star begins to implode. The core heats up. Eventually the implosion bounces back off the core.
The massive energy generated during this blast finally allow the fusion of elements heavier than iron, from cobalt all the way to uranium. The brightest point of this explosion is what we call as “Super Nova”🎆.
The energetic shock wave produced moves out into the cosmos, disbursing heavy elements which later get incorporated into planetary systems like our own. These elements are the building blocks for complex life👤.
So next time when you have a bad day, just think about this massive star✴️, spent millions of years turning energy into matter, creating the atoms that make up every part of you🤴👸, the Earth🌎, and everyone you have ever known and loved💑. That’s who we are, Star Stuff!!
The Shore Temple is located in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) a town on the shore of Bay of Bengal🌊 in Tamil Nadu.
The shore Temple & other monuments in Mamallapuram are built by Pallava dynasty king 👑 Narasimhavarman II. The town is named after the title of Narasimhavarman II, “Mamallan” which translates to great wrestler 💪 (Ma-great, mallan-wrestler)
The temple is buit during 8th century AD. with blocks of granite. It’s one of the earliest stone Temple to be constructed in South india.
These rock cut monuments by pallava dynasty served as models upon which the massive Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur and Gangaikonda Cholapuram and various other architectural works of Chola empire were constructed.
Mamallapuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
Travel guide : The entrance fee for Indian National is ₹30, for foreign national it’s rupees ₹500😲.
✈️ The nearest airport from Mahabalipuram is Chennai (Madras), located around 60 km away.
🚄 The nearest railway station, Chengalpattu, is around 29 km away from Mahabalipuram.
🛣️ Mamallapuram is connected by ECR road to Chennai, Kanchipuram and Pondicherry.