Older than the universe...

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by gendorf, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. gendorf

    gendorf Senior Member


    "We have found that this is the oldest known star with a well-determined age," said Howard Bond of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md.

    The star could be as old as 14.5 billion years (plus or minus 0.8 billion years), which at first glance would make it older than the universe's calculated age of about 13.8 billion years, an obvious dilemma.

    But earlier estimates from observations dating back to 2000 placed the star as old as 16 billion years. And this age range presented a potential dilemma for cosmologists. "Maybe the cosmology is wrong, stellar physics is wrong, or the star's distance is wrong," Bond said. "So we set out to refine the distance."


    makes you wonder about..... time. How can something be older than existence? A time traveling star?
  2. MeAgain

    MeAgain Dazed and Confused Staff Member Super Moderator

    Jai guru deva om

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN9n1bAahg4"]The Beatles - Across The Universe - YouTube

    Words are flowing out like
    endless rain into a paper cup
    They slither while they pass
    They slip away across the universe
    Pools of sorrow waves of joy
    are drifting through my open mind
    Possessing and caressing me...

    Images of broken light which
    dance before me like a million eyes
    They call me on and on across the universe
    Thoughts meander like a
    restless wind inside a letter box
    they tumble blindly as
    they make their way across the universe...

    Sounds of laughter shades of life
    are ringing through my open ears
    inciting and inviting me
    Limitless undying love which
    shines around me like a million suns
    It calls me on and on across the universe...
  3. Gongshaman

    Gongshaman Modus Lascivious

    Cool :2thumbsup:...til they find an older one :sunny:
  4. guerillabedlam

    guerillabedlam _|=|-|=|_

    Pretty interesting, seeing how the stars age has continously been reduced since it's discovery, it says more to me about how our equipment to date such stuff is still far from precise.
  5. Jimmy P

    Jimmy P bastion of awesomeness

    Nailed it. Either the estimate of the star's age is off, or the estimate of the universe's age is off.

    Existence transcends this universe. And you can only travel through time in one direction, it's been pretty well established.
  6. Since we know absolutely nothing about the universe, except that we know nothing about the universe, which by default means we know something about the universe unless you do not count nothing as something, the guessing of the age of stars and the universe, whether it is through science or religion, is mildly entertaining yet vastly interesting.
  7. odonII

    odonII O

    "Put all of those ingredients together and you get an age of 14.5 billion years, with a residual uncertainty that makes the star's age compatible with the age of the universe," said Bond. "This is the best star in the sky to do precision age calculations by virtue of its closeness and brightness."
  8. lode

    lode One Man Orgy HipForums Supporter

    14.5 billion +/- 0.8 by is (13.7 - 15.3) which is not older than the universe at 13.8by.

    Incedentally, here's a astronomy team discussing that the universe is itself a collapsed 4d star, forming our 3d universe which appears to expand from our observation. This solves several problems with the big bang theory.


    Hawking talked about the possibility in Black Holes and Baby universes.
  9. relaxxx

    relaxxx Senior Member

    There no such thing as 4 physical dimensions. A "hyper-dimensional 4D star" is sensationalist fantasy science. In scientific theory, anything considered for over a period of time is 4D but in any one instant of time things can only be 3 physical dimensions.

    What we call the universe is really and more correctly known as the observable universe or known universe. Science is not static, it is dynamic and constantly evolving as a knowledge base. Most scientists agree that time and space are infinite. Space, time and energy, all the ingredients for matter, all existed before our known universe. Stars, galaxies, and known universes are finite but re-occur infinitely. Before our universe there was another universe. A billion trillion light years away from our universe in any direction, there are most likely other universes...
  10. lode

    lode One Man Orgy HipForums Supporter

    M-theory and superstring theory both rely on many unperceived spatial universes (10 and 11) and dismissing it as fantasy science isn't prudent.
  11. themnax

    themnax Senior Member

    older then the universe, might not always be, but for now is, something of a self contradiction. as age, measured by redshift, is, as far as i am aware of, the only measure of the age of the universe, we have. anything older then the age of the universe, thus becomes, the new, age of the universe itself, rather then 'older then'.
  12. relaxxx

    relaxxx Senior Member

    OK, you be sure to let me know when string theory becomes a proven fact.
  13. Gongshaman

    Gongshaman Modus Lascivious

  14. themnax

    themnax Senior Member

    proven facts are mythical beasts. current scientific consensus has string theory on a par with everything else. which is precisely as close to any such thing as a proven fact as anything gets.
  15. relaxxx

    relaxxx Senior Member

    So you think string THEORY is on par with evolution?

    LOL, whatever you want to think.

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