Universe's Oldest Stars Found 'Going the Wrong Way'

By Olivia Smith | May 21, 2024

Celestial objects

Researchers from MIT have uncovered three of the oldest stars in the universe, which were surprisingly close to us all along but moving in an unexpected direction. 

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These celestial objects were found within the "halo" of stars encircling the outer regions of the Milky Way galaxy. 

The stars

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The stars are believed to have originated around 12 to 13 billion years ago, as detailed in a recent publication in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.