Astronomers Discover First Generation Stars From The “Big Bang”

Led by astronomer David Sobral, of the University of Lisbon, a team of scientists, and astronomers believe that they have come upon the strongest proof yet, of the very first stars in the universe, that are comprised of helium and hydrogen, the only elements resulting from the big bang. The stars referred to as “population III” stars, are thought to be huge in diameter, and mass, and have a short life span.

Up until a few years ago, most astronomers believed that the observance of such stars was totally impossible, due to the fact that they expired in the early, developmental years of the universe and being so distant for modern science and technology to view. But with advances in contemporary technologies, it has allowed for the development of advanced instruments. Andy Wirth indicates that these instruments can be used in conjunction with super telescopes around the world, to finally locate a galaxy that exhibited a unique illumination, that gives rise to the belief that it has all the characteristics of housing “population III” stars.

According to Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard University’s astronomy department, “The evidence is strong. They did a careful job,” referring to the exhaustive documentation and photographic evidence the investigative team assembled.

“This field, of first-generation stars and galaxies, was mostly theoretical until recently,” Loeb says. “It’s gratifying to see evidence that these are real things.”

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