For the first time, astronomers have observed both gravitational waves and light from the same event, which they believe was a kilonova. History making observations from ESO‘s fleet of telescopes suggest that this unique object is the result of the collision of two neutron stars.
The 130 million-year-old collision ejected massive amounts of heavy elements like Uranium, Platinum and Gold. How massive you ask? Forbes did an estimate and found that the amount of gold produced alone had a value of around $10 octillion. That’s $10 billion, billion, billion. Before you get gold fever consider this. That much gold here on Earth would make it valueless because of its sheer quantity. We would have to base our economics off another material because it would no longer be rare, it would be a pollutant.