The origins of the universe is older than sin—long before humans—so long ago and so far from us that we can’t even imagine the distance of one light year or one billion years ago. What there was before the big bang some 13-14 billion years ago we must leave to the imagination and fabrication of those who tell us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
Other than such speculation, the closest we have come to knowing the origins of the heavens was described this week in “Ancient star provides clues to origins of universe” by Pauline Askin. Her article follows without change:
SYDNEY — Australian astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may help to resolve a long-standing discrepancy between observations and predictions of the Big Bang billions of years ago.
Dr Stefan Keller, lead researcher at the Australian National University Research School, told Reuters his team had seen the chemical fingerprint of the "first star". After 11 years of searching, the star was discovered using the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory.
"This star was formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago," Keller said. "It's giving us insight into our fundamental place in the universe. What we're seeing is the origin of where all the material around us that we need to survive came from."
Simply put, the Big Bang was the inception of the universe, he said, with nothing before that event.
The ancient star is about 6,000 light years from Earth — relatively close in astronomical terms. It was one of 60 million stars photographed by SkyMapper in its first year.
"This is the first time we've unambiguously been able to say we've got material from the first generation of stars," Keller said. "We're now going to be able to put that piece of the jigsaw puzzle in its right place."
The composition of the newly discovered star shows it formed in the wake of a primordial star, which had a mass 60 times that of our Sun. http://news.msn.com/science-technology/ancient-star-provides-clues-to-or...