Why don’t supergiants at least start to fuse nickel into even heavier elements before going supernova?
What effects besides "mass defect" cause the alpha ladder beyond iron-56/nickel-56 to be endothermic?
Why do stars usually stop fusion at iron, even though nickel-62 has the highest binding energy per nucleon?
Can I "see" nucleosynthesis in R Geminorum with a small telescope, a plastic diffraction grating and a cell phone? (famous technetium lines)
Would dropping a white dwarf or a "still-hot" stellar core into a large planet or brown dwarf create a star?
Do the newly-created deuterons in our Sun release any photons? In addition to a positron and an electron neutrino?
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