Friday, November 04, 2005
The Dark Ages of the Cosmos
Science is just SO COOL!
The first stars in the cosmos have been discovered by some smartysmart NASA astronomers.
"It seems these first stars were quite unlike those we see today. They were huge thermonuclear furnaces; few and far between, but they burned ferociously because they were so massive,"
It is believed that these earliest stars manufactured the metals that would become important for later populations of stars.
Astronomers have detected a faint glow from the first stars to form in the Universe, Nature journal reports.
This earliest group of stars, called Population III, probably formed from primordial gas less than 200 million years after the Big Bang.