According to the Big Bang theory, the universe was formed 13.7 billion years ago. A star that formed shortly after that event was recently discovered by astronomers from the Australian National University, an especially impressive find considering it was weeded out from among 60 million stars photographed by the SkyMapper telescope in its first year of operation.
The discovery is giving scientists a peek at what the universe was like as a baby. SkyMapper is at the start of a five-year mission to map the southern sky. It found the ancient star at a location of about 6,000 light-years from Earth, which is really pretty close in terms of distances across the universe. It is part of the Hydrus (water snake) constellation and has been given the name SMSS J031300.36-670839.3, though its astronomy buddies call it SM0313 for short.… Read more