In more mind-blowing space news, scientists at the Australian National University have discovered the oldest known star in the universe.
A bit like the photograph of Earth from Mars released by NASA last week, the image of the oldest star isn’t much to look at – unless of course you’re using a ridiculously powerful telescope.
For it’s the colour of this luminous sphere of plasma that gives it away as the biggest old timer in the night sky – at 13.6bn years old, it has more iron that usual and glows a different shade when viewed properly.
The ANU ‘s wide-field telescope contains a digital camera that uses 268m pixels and can capture an area of sky 29 times larger than the full moon every minute.
Lead researcher Dr Stefan Keller described finding the star as a “one in a 60m chance”. and “very much a needle-in-a-haystack situation.”