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When Dead Stars Collide

    When Dead Stars Collide By Judith E Braffman-Miller Before the first stars were born, the Universe was an expanse of featureless darkness–devoid of light and life. The first generation of stars to shatter this swath of blackness, with their fierce stellar fires, were not like the stars we see today, because they were not born the same way….

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The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery

    The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery By Judith E Braffman-Miller Just after our Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago in the Big Bang, there was a mysterious era when it was black, and there were no stars around to cast their streaming, sparkling light into this swath of darkness. Today, when we stare up at…

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A Dwarf Galaxy Reveals The Universe’s Secrets

A Dwarf Galaxy Reveals The Universe’s Secrets By Judith E Braffman-Miller The shining star-splattered galaxies of the observable Universe switched on long ago, and lit up the primordial Cosmos when it was less than a billion years old. The observable (visible) Universe is really only the relatively small region of the gigantic, unexplored, and unreachable Cosmos that we can see–we…

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Galactic Archaeologists Build A Stellar Family Tree

Galactic Archaeologists Build A Stellar Family Tree By Judith E Braffman-Miller Traditional archaeologists uncover the many mysteries of our ancient human ancestors by digging for the lingering remains of long-lost civilizations that can be excavated and observed today. Astronomers are now borrowing the same principles applied in archaeology and biology in order to piece together the mysterious family tree of…

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A Star That Doesn’t Look Its Age

A Star That Doesn’t Look Its Age By Judith E Braffman-Miller Stars are a lot like people–they are born, they live, they grow old, and then they die. The ancient birth of the first stars to blast our Universe with their raging fires and brilliant light is swathed in mesmerizing mystery. The first stars are thought to have ignited a…

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