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Jan 11

New light shed on cosmic dark ages

Source: Cambridge University

Timeline representation of the universe from Big Bang until today.
Image credit: NASA/WMAP Science Team.

Remnants of the first stars have helped astronomers get closer to unlocking the “dark ages” of the cosmos.

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and California Institute of Technology are using light emitted from massive black holes called quasars to "light up" gases released by the early stars, which exploded billions of years ago. As a result, they have found what they refer to as the missing link in the evolution of the chemical universe.(read more)

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