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The Mysterious Star That Appears To Be Older Than The Universe

The oldest known star seems to be older than the universe itself, but a fresh study is facilitating to clear up this apparent enigma.

Earlier study had projected that the Milky Way galaxy’s so-called “Methuselah star” is up to 16 billion years old. That’s a problem, as most scientists agree that the Big Bang that made the universe happened about 13.8 billion years ago. Now a team of astrophysicists has derived a new, less ridiculous age for the Methuselah star, combining information about its distance, brightness, composition and structure.

In the end, the astrophysicists estimated that HD 140283 was born 14.5 billion years ago, plus or minus 800 million years. Additional studies could help bring the Methuselah star’s age down even more, making it clearly younger than the universe, scientists said.