The Fate of the First Stars

Population III stars were the very first stars in our universe and far larger than any we can see today. Where are they now? Start your Audible trial today at

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Soon after the Big Bang, the first generation of monstrously large stars ignited, lit up the universe, and then died. The resulting swarms of supernova explosions enriched the universe with the first heavy elements and LOTs of black holes. They shaped everything that came after. These were the stars of Population III, and they are one of the most enduring mysteries in astrophysics.

Written by Matt O’Dowd and Alexandra Yep
Produced by Rusty Ward
Graphics by Kurt Ross
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