Popular Science

This is what some of the earliest stars in the universe might have looked like

Meanwhile in space: moon activity and satellites watching satellite launches .

early stars

An artist's rendering of what the first stars might have looked like in the Universe.

N.R.Fuller, National Science Foundation

A cold start

When we look through telescopes, we can see into the past. Light travels fast, but it still takes a lot of time for light from sources spread across the universe to get to our searching eyes. We’ve spotted black holes from the published this week in , researchers were able to look back even farther than that—180 million years after the —when the very first stars were forming.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science3 min readScience
NASA’s Top Observatories Teamed Up To Capture An Imploding Star In Captivating 3D
A stunning new three-dimensional image of the Crab Nebula provides insight into the stellar object's complicated past.
Popular Science4 min read
It’s Easy Being Green, But It Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive
Being ecologically conscious is increasingly important. But no matter how much we want to, many of us can’t trade in our car for a Tesla or own a house we can put solar panels on. If you think bringing your own bags to the grocery store and using met
Popular Science5 min read
Make A Memoji That Actually Looks Like You
In iOS 13, Apple introduced Memoji stickers—cartoonish avatars you can customize to your liking with different, predetermined expressions. You could stick with the animal (or Animoji) defaults, but it’s much more fun to make a Memoji that looks like