ESA satellite Planck consortium reveals star formation is recent than predicted

New research shows that the first stars that appeared in the solar system appeared nearly 150 million years later than what scientists and researchers had previously thought. This does a number of things to the total amount of time that the universe spent dark, but more-importantly makes the stars in our solar system significantly younger than previously thought. The data was derived from research conducted by the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope – which was gathered between 2009 and 2012. The big bang occurred 13.8 billion years ago, and the first stars in the universe appeared longer after that than originally thought.


Before that scientists say that, the universe was pasted with a hydrogen gas that appeared to give off a murky fog. This fog was ultimately what provided some of the fuels to eventually create stars – but at the end of the day, this provides an interesting background for what the universe looked like before the stars actually formed. The expectation is that roughly 440 million years after the big bang is when the first stars were seen. Previously, it was argued that this happened 100 million years earlier.

There is still so much that is unknown though, within the universe that this is just a small piece of the puzzle that scientists and researchers are trying to put together. Dark matter and dark energy are two major components in space that scientists are trying to understand. Perhaps, a better understanding and dating system of the stars would provide scientists with the right information that could give them a few more answers on what is happening in the galaxy.

Understanding what the universe looked like early in its life is key to taking the next steps within the universe and understanding what has happened in our universe. Ultimately, scientists are left studying such a large portion of time – which it’s difficult for any single team or any single group to make true progress in understanding what has happened in the universe previously. Especially at its early age. However, this, along with a lot of other great information that has been gathered thus far – scientists are developing better ways to understand what happened when the universe first came to be – at least in our neck of the woods.