The Archaeology of Stars

Some astronomers seek to understand the origins of our universe by reconstructing the lives of its oldest sources of light.

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Archaeologists and astronomers don’t seem to have much in common. One digs into the earth while the other looks at the sky, and a stone tool once wielded by Homo erectus couldn’t be more different from an exploding star at the edge of the visible universe. But the sciences are actually fundamentally similar: Both try to understand the present by looking deep into the past, whether it’s the origin of the human species or of the universe. For some astronomers, the parallels are e...
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