This handout photo released by Nature on February 28, 2018 shows an artist's rendering of how the first stars in the universe may have looked. / AFP / NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / N.R. FULLER
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A signal from the Universe's first stars, born a cosmic heartbeat after the Big Bang, has been detected for the first time, astronomers said Wednesday, setting the science world aflutter.Fingerprints of the stars, already active 13.6 billion years ago, a mere 180 million years after the Big Bang gave rise to the Universe, were picked up by a dining table-sized radio spectrometer in the Australian desert.Data from the Planck satellite showed in 2013 that ordinary matter, which makes up everything we can touch and see, comprises a mere 4.9 precent of the Universe, and dark matter 26.8 percent.Scientists believe that for about 400,000 years after the Big Bang, the Universe was dark, filled primarily with hydrogen.The earliest stars were the source of all heavy elements in the Universe, including those necessary for life to exist.
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