All About Space

The theories

Just why is the star seemingly older than the universe?

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The star really did come first Maybe, just maybe, this star was around before the Big Bang and somehow got caught up in our universe as it was forming. One thing we do know is that its make-up points to HD 140283 being of around the same vintage as the universe, making it a close-run thing.

The universe's age is wrong

It's rather implausibl­e to suggest that a star is older than the universe, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a scientist who believes that's the case. The smart money is therefore on the current dating of universe at 13.8 billion years being incorrect, which means more studies are needed.

The dating of the star is wrong Given the fact the star's age has been revised downwards over the past few decades, there is every chance that it needs greater refinement. It currently stands at

14.27 billion years, give or take 800 million years, but what if the star is confirmed to be younger? The work is ongoing.

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