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First stars may still shine

Analysis suggests some slow-burning remnants of the early universe may still exist

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3:09pm, February 3, 2011

Talk about glimmers from the past. Some of the universe’s first stars may still be shining in the Milky Way 13.4 billion years after they formed, new simulations suggest.

The study, reported online February 3 in Science and posted at arXiv.org on January 28, contradicts the prevailing view that the first stars were all behemoths that burned brightly and died out in a few million years.

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