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Stars born only 250 million years after the Big Bang?

This image represents the evolution of the Universe, starting with the Big Bang. The red arrow marks the flow of time.
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The universe is currently estimated to be about 13.8 billion years old. From Laurel Hamer at ScienceNews:

That’s earlier than the 550 million years ago suggested in a previous estimate that also measured starlight from the early universe (SN Online: 2/9/2015). But it’s in the same ballpark as observations reported in March (SN: 3/31/18, p. 6), which suggest star formation began around 180 million years after the Big Bang. That conclusion, however, was drawn from radio signals rather than direct observations of starlight. “If [those] results were true, our results would independently support their claims that star formation activity had already initiated at a very early stage of the universe,” Hashimoto says. More.

If it holds up, this finding will throw some shade at cosmologies that require a longer lead time.

File under: The debate is never over. The science is never settled. That’s the talk of thug politicians, not of civilized people.

See also: At RealClearScience: Anti-religious feelings hindered acceptance of the Big Bang

“Complete surprise”: Stars are not necessarily born in the way we thought. Also, galaxies can form much faster than thought


The Big Bang: Put simply,the facts are wrong.


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