Recent research, including observations and modeling, suggests that the solar system had a parent star, which after its burst seeded the space with enough atoms of various chemical elements to make possible the formation of our solar system, and maybe even “sibling”systems [1-5]. The astrophysicists Matthieu Gounelle and Georges Meynet proposed to call the sun's “mother” star Coatlicue, after the Aztec mother of the sun [3-5].
Coatlicue (pronounced Co-at-li-cu-e) is the Aztec earth-mother goddess and patron of childbirth . She also is seen as the goddess who gave birth to the moon and stars including the sun. She essentially was the “mother of everything” in Aztec mythology . And from a planet Earth viewpoint, Coatlicue definitely was—unless new findings will make it necessary to redraw the galaxial family tree of star evolution within our corner of the Milky Way. What if there were multiple mothers and the picture of a star family tree needs to be replaced by a more elaborately networked star-descendency graph?
Keywords: Coatlicue; cosmochemistry; solar system formation; mythology.
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