Release Images

Release No.: 2008-14
For Release: Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 10:00am

The First Stars

The first primordial stars began as tiny seeds that grew rapidly into stars one hundred times the mass of our own Sun. Seen here in this artist impression, swirling clouds of hydrogen and helium gasses are illuminated by the first starlight to shine in the Universe. In the lower portion of the artwork, a supernova explodes ejecting heavier elements that will someday be incorporated into new stars and planets.

David A. Aguilar, CfA