First stars in universe were born 100 million years later than previously thought

February 9, 2015 6:10 PM

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First stars in universe were born 100 million years later than previously thought

The very first stars in the universe need to reset their birthday clocks: These ancient objects burst into existence more than 100 million years later than scientists previously thought, according to new research.

A few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the light from some of the very first stars and galaxies lit up the universe and ended a period known as the "dark ages." New measurements by the European Space Agency's Planck satellite — which studied the cosmic microwave background, or the light lef...

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