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Anna Frebel digs a young universe

Stellar archaeologist has turned up stars from the second generation ever to form

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11:05am, September 21, 2016
Anna Frebel

Astronomer Anna Frebel has discovered record-breaking stars, including the most pristine in the galaxy.

Anna Frebel, 36
Astronomer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anna Frebel can’t explain her fascination with the stars. It’d be like explaining why “berry purple-pink” is one of her favorite colors. “They are just a part of me,” says Frebel, an astronomer at MIT. “What’s going on with them and what they can tell us — there is something magical.”

Frebel’s fascination has led to the discovery of at least three record-breaking stars. Dating back roughly 13 billion years, the stars — all within the Milky Way galaxy — might be elders from the second generation of

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