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the theory of that time was the sun could make all the atoms of the periodic table, including even bigger unstable atoms.
Why the change?
Humans can make atoms larger than 92 in the periodic table, in the lab. ... The idea that man can do this in the lab, but the sun needs special help from outside, does not make any sense if you include extreme pressure.
inside a solar mass, extreme gravity and time dilation also causes the heavier elements to fission (decay) faster than we experience on Earth.
I read the closer to the sun our orbit takes us, the faster nuclear fission processes occur, which can have devastating consequences to radiation applications.
Seems a safe assumption that heavier atoms exist inside the sun and likely true of all bodies in this here solar system.
I speculate all gas giants likely possess more mass than the Earth consisting of atoms heavier than helium. Quantity and distribution are a tad bit difficult to contemplate.
Humans have made elements 93-112 in the lab. These are all very highly endothermic reactions. How was this possible without a supernova?
Starting from the same basic mix of materials, lighter blobs (like Earth or Mars) could not hold onto lighter gases like hydrogen and helium, while heavier blobs (the Sun and gas giants) did hold onto the original hydrogen/helium-dominated composition.
It is assumed today that the Sun and all of the planets condensed out of a single protoplanetary disk, so they are all made from the same basic mix of elements.