In this newly released video from the folks at TED-Ed, educator Dennis Wildfogel teams up with animator Ash Barker to explain not only what the universe is made of, but what it took for those cosmological building blocks to get where they are today.

Via TED-Ed:

The atoms around you have existed for billions of years — and most originated in the flaming, gaseous core of a star. Dennis Wildfogel tells the captivating tale of these atoms' long journeys from the Big Bang to the molecules they form today.

Complement with "What do we mean when we say the Universe is curved?" and "When will the universe end?"

[TED-Ed]