Sunday, May 24, 2009

Death of a Star



Astronomers said Tuesday that they had smashed the long-distance record in astronomy when they recorded an explosion, probably a massive early star, that lived and died 13 billion years ago, only about 600 million years after the Big Bang.

NYT





As obituaries go, I can't imagine any arriving later this one, 13 billion years, give or take a few million.

People are wonder struck when they genuflect on the oldest trees found on the planet whose ages are known to span millennia. Well, consider this star for a moment it's luminescence still on track across the universe where our planet's most intrepid astronomers managed to capture a glimpse of that last breath, billions of years since she'd passed on, her youth spent at the very dawn of the universe.

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