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"This is possible because all of the stars in a cluster are presumed to have begun their life at approximately the same time. "
"Astronomers usually cannot tell the age of an individual star. There are certain stars that we know are very young, and others that are very old, but for most stars we cannot tell."
Buddy I just found the article interesting
reply to post by andy06shake
VERY cool. But I personally want that star to have an equally cool name. SM0313 just doesn't cut it. Maybe someone should have a "naming contest" for this star - it's too astounding to just move on and dismiss. Needs a public marketing plan, imho.
If it were possible to age all the known stars in the universe.... which I might add it isn't... We could trace the location of the big bang event.
This doesn't make any sense!!
When you look at the universe the greater the distance you look the further back in time you look...
I thought the further out you look thats where the oldest items were. Isnt that how they supposedly calculated the age of the Universe?
Now whats the Oldest Star in the Universe doing in our backyard?
I thought the milky way was a relatively young galaxy.
Help Please...it does not compute!
The ancient star formed not long after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, according to Australian National University scientists. The star (called SMSS J031300.362670839.3) is located 6,000 light-years from Earth and formed from the remains of a primordial star that was 60 times more massive than the sun.
...However, the new observations have shown that SMSS J031300.362670839.3's composition harbors no iron pollution. Instead, the star is mostly polluted by lighter elements like carbon, ANU officials said.
"This indicates the primordial star's supernova explosion was of surprisingly low energy," Keller said. "Although sufficient to disintegrate the primordial star, almost all of the heavy elements such as iron, were consumed by a black hole that formed at the heart of the explosion."