Scientists Glimpse Universe's First Stars
The glow is almost as old as time itself
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 2:04 PM CDT
Scientists say they've spotted a glow from the universe's first stars.   (?)

(Newser) – Star light, star bright, the first stars have actually been glimpsed—or at least their light has, reports Space.com. Astronomers in California studied massive black holes, called blazars, that give off huge amounts of light while swallowing up matter—and were able to separate out a glow from what they believe were the first stars in existence. Those ancient stars were probably huge, dwarfing our sun by hundreds of times, and burning out faster than a star would today.

The first stars have left only a glow, but scientists think it dates back to just after the big bang, when the universe was only 600 million years old (an infant, relatively speaking). The development may help scientists understand the early formation of stars, and in coming years they hope to glimpse the actual astral giants themselves.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Scientists Glimpse Universe's First Starlight is...
3%
3%
20%
1%
72%
1%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 14 comments
dmauk
Nov 4, 2012 10:22 AM CST
How can the universe be only 600 million years old after the "big bang" when scientists have said that there are rocks on earth that are over a billion years old. It's all theory. Scientists just grab a number and say "the world is this old" and yet they don't know because 1) no body was living then, and 2) how can they say its 600 million years, versus 499 million or 601 million. When grabbing these fantastic sounding numbers, they'll say its just an estimate and I'm saying "right".
user99
Nov 3, 2012 12:39 AM CDT
The first stars in an infinitely old universe. Ya, ok.
myflap.blow
Nov 2, 2012 5:52 PM CDT
well then, here's to all the blazars out there! (my eyeballs are already red giants) and i guess we can't forget about the black holes swallowing up matter either... Cheers!