Elements from the universe’s earliest stars gave birth to our sun

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It is easy to regard the sun as humdrum, yet it contains elements blasted from the universe’s first stars as they died and is halfway through its 9-billion-year lifespan

Space | Comment 15 July 2020

NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC

YOU should never stare directly at the sun. This isn’t a euphemism of some kind – you really shouldn’t because it will damage your eyes.

Of course, some among us may have stared at it anyway, perhaps in what we irresponsibly perceived to be a show of daring. But maybe you have been good and have never stared at it or only used special glasses to look, if you have ever witnessed a solar eclipse.

Either way, you have probably never noticed that the sun seemed different. Sure, clouds, fog or even the moon might get in the way, but, …

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