November 8, 2012

The Universe Is Almost Done Making Stars

Rebecca Boyle, Popular Science

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In its youth, the universe was a roiling soup of star ingredients, with new stars forming rapidly. But now it’s much quieter, and things are not expected to get more exciting anytime soon, astronomers say. For the first time, astronomers have figured out the universe's star-birth rate, and found that today, it's 30 times lower than its likely peak some 11 billion years ago.

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TAGGED: Big Bang, Universe, Star Formation