The latest discovery has scientists on edge. After they discovered a star which seems to be older than the Universe itself, it’s believed that we might witness a scientific crisis.
It’s believed that the Universe started its existence about 13.8 billion years ago when an infinitesimal point expanded in just a fraction of a second.
A star older than the cosmos
As everyone knows, the Big Bang theory has stood for the best part of 100 years after Belgian physicist Georges Lemaître has first proposed back in 1927 that the expansion of the Universe could be traced back to a single point.
On the other hand, it seems that the well-accepted model is now under scrutiny after a team of researchers managed to find a star which seems to be older than the cosmos itself.
Express.co.uk revealed that this celestial body is called “Methuselah star”- scientifically called HD 140283.
The star also seems to be situated about 200 lightyears away and has stumped experts.
“Analysis of the star showed that it contained very little iron content, which would suggest that it formed during a period when the iron element was not abundant in the Universe,” according to the online publication.
It’s also important to note that back in July, experts have met in California in order to try and solve this mystery.
We could witness a scientific revolution
We might be witnessing a scientific revolution, says the same publication.
British physicist Robert Matthews wrote “It’s a riddle of cosmic proportions: How can the universe contain stars older than itself? That’s the conundrum now facing astronomers trying to establish the age of the universe — and its resolution could spark a scientific revolution.”
He continued and stated, “Astronomers now know it contains very little iron — which means it must have been formed before this element became common in the universe. And that implies HD 140283 must be almost as old as the universe itself.”
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