The Instrumentation Center




Contributor: Dr. Jennifer Johnson

About the Display:

  • A periodic table designed by astronomers! (Original schematic and final product); this table was designed to explain the original of elements within a solar system. Lutetium is proposed to be formed by merging neutron stars and dying low-mass stars.

Key terms from the table for non-astronomers:


Below Original schematic of the table!


Follow the link below to hear an interview with Dr. Johnson about the table!


About the Contributor: Dr. Jennifer Johnson, a professor of astronomy at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.She is an observational astronomer whose current focus is on stellar abundances, elemental origin, nucleocosmochronology, and the formation of the Galaxy and the Local Group.

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Symbol: Lu

Atomic Number: 71

Atomic Mass: 174.967 u

Electron Configuration: [Xe] 4f145d16s2 

Year Discovered: 1907

Discovered By: Georges Urbain in Paris, France and independently by Charles James in New Hampshire, USA 

Last Updated: 6/27/22