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MORE ABOUT STARDUST
What is stardust?
Stardust is used figuratively to mean a quality that is naively romantic. For example, someone who is in love may be said to have stardust in their eyes because they don’t recognize any of their loved one’s flaws. This is the most common sense of stardust.
In fantasy stories, the term stardust is usually depicted as shining particles of dust that when sprinkled lead to a variety of magical, ethereal, or supernatural effects.
Stardust is also used figuratively to mean a mass of stars that are so far away that they appear to be particles of airborne dust.
Literally, stardust is cosmic dust, that is, small particles of matter floating through space that are believed to make up all matter in the known universe.
Stardust can also be used as a slang term for cocaine, due to its crystalline, dusty appearance and euphorigenic effects. Cocaine is illegal in many places around the world because of its addictive nature.
Example: Juliet was so in love with Romeo that she had stardust in her eyes.
Where does stardust come from?
The first records of the term stardust come from around the 1830s. It combines the terms star and dust to literally and figuratively mean “dust made of stars.”
With modern space technology, we have discovered that stars and the stardust that floats through space after a star’s collapse are mostly made up of the same elements and atoms that make up most living beings on Earth. This fact has led many researchers to believe that stars exploding and stardust collecting over time is what eventually gave rise to life on Earth. This theory is often discussed with the phrase “We are stardust,” implying that humans are made up of stardust from the past.
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- star dust (alternative spelling)
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How is stardust used in real life?
Stardust is most often used figuratively to refer to romance or whimsical behavior.
Ever look up at night and feel small? Don't. Instead feel large. Atoms in our bodies trace to the remnants of exploded stars. We are Stardust. We are alive in the universe. And the universe is alive within us.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 23, 2020
#Messi …..magical stardust again from the wizard of our game.
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) November 28, 2018
The oldest material found on Earth is stardust trapped inside a meteorite discovered in Australia that is older than the Solar System.
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) February 5, 2021
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An ounce of stardust from our solar system sold for millions of dollars at auction.
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So it’s fair to say that we and everything else in our world are essentially made from what was once stardust.Explainer: Stars and their families|Ken Croswell|August 18, 2020|Science News For Students