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Astronomers Pick Up First Light to Ever Shine in Universe

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Astronomers have searched for signs of the earliest stars and found the first light ever to shine in the universe. The Telegraph reports astronomers used a normal radio antenna placed in the remote Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory located in Western Australia to pick up the signal. The frequency was especially difficult to find as it’s within the same range as many radio stations and those naturally emitted from the Milky Way.

National Science Foundation program director, Dr Peter Kurcynski described the task as “It’s like being in the middle of a hurricane and trying to hear the flap of a hummingbird’s wing.” Dubbed the most important discovery in astronomy since the detection of gravitational waves, the signs show that “cosmic dawn” commenced 180 million years after The Big Bang. This discovery helps scientists understand the first stars to appear and grants insight as to the beginnings of all the galaxies in the universe.

Scientists believe this could have greater implications as well, telling The Telegraph it could even help to confirm the dark matter particle which has never been directly observed. Other looks into the earliest stages of our universe were also uncovered recently with the discovery of the farthest-yet black hole. Hope Corrigan is a freelancer who has never been so proud to come from Western Australia.

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