The first stars being born. Illustration credit: NASA.

When Was The First Star Born?

An incredible story, the current controversy, and the hope for the future.


Our Universe was born pristine, with no stars, galaxies, molecules or even stable atoms, some 13.8 billion years ago. Yet today, we’re filled with all the complex structure we see today, including with planets, organics and even something as complex and differentiated as a human being. So how did we get here? We had to form stars and galaxies, and evolve the Universe to a point where the raw ingredients to make us existed in great enough abundances and in the right conditions.

There are some steps we’re still learning about in this story, including how the very first stars came to be. Want to learn about it?

Find out on this latest Starts With A Bang podcast!

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