October 31, 2002
The Universe's Oldest Star?

A group of scientists have found the oldest star yet discovered in the universe. Nearly all stars have some small amounts of metals in them, and these give distinctive signatures to their spectra. This star has hardly a trace of metal, which strongly implies it formed when there wasn't much metal in the universe, i.e. waaaay back in time. Very interesting.

Posted by scott at October 31, 2002 09:19 AM

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I didn't see a mention of a date in there. Or a possible mass for the star, or size for that matter. Do they have a link back to their research page? Or, Scott, will you keep up and let us know.

Posted by: Cindy on October 31, 2002 11:27 PM
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