A First Glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos

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DEATH OF AN EARLY STAR.

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TOM ABEL AND RALF KAEHLER, STANFORD KAVLI INSTITUTE FOR PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY

 

 

 

One of the first stars in the universe explodes, bursting through its halo of invisible dark matter and seeding space with carbon, oxygen, and other elements. This computer simulation shows that stars might never have formed, and certainly not so soon—100 million years after the big bang—without the gravitational force generated by abundant dark matter. Its nature is uncertain.

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