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On the Earliest Stars

7 Nov 2018, 19:15 UTC
On the Earliest Stars ESO

If you’ve given some thought to the Fermi question lately — and reading Milan Ćirković’s The Great Silence, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit — then today’s story about an ancient star is of particular note. Fermi, you’ll recall, famously wanted to know why we didn’t see other civilizations, given the apparent potential for our galaxy to produce life elsewhere. Now a paper in The Astrophysical Journal adds punch to the question by making the case that the part of the galaxy in which we reside may be older than we have thought.

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