TODAY'S HEADLINES

NFA corners bulk of government subsidy in May 28-Jul-15, 7:47 AM | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com

Tiangco to President Aquino: Don't take full credit on CCT, as GMA started it 28-Jul-15, 8:12 AM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

President Aquino's SONA2015, a rebuke on Binays? 28-Jul-15, 9:08 AM | Philippines News Agency

Boy Scouts of America to lift ban on gay troop leaders 28-Jul-15, 4:18 AM | Fabienne Faur, Agence France-Presse

Comelec assures only legit party-list groups can join 2016 polls 28-Jul-15, 3:22 AM | Ferdinand G. Patinio, Philippine News Agency

Special Features | World

Ancient star retains oddly youthful glow

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

SANTIAGO - Scientists using a high-powered telescope in Chile have discovered an ancient star that seems oddly impervious to aging.

The star is in a globular cluster dating back to the universe's distant past, but new images from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile show that one of the stars still has a considerable amount of lithium.

"Normally this element is gradually destroyed over the billions of years of a star's life, but this one star amongst thousands seems to have the secret of eternal youth," the ESO said in a statement Wednesday.

"It has either somehow managed to retain its original lithium, or it has found a way to enrich itself with freshly made lithium."

Heavier chemical elements are typically only found in newer stars, like the Sun, and are dispersed at the end of a star's life, when they form the building blocks of new generations of stellar bodies, the ESO said.

The new image came from the Wide Field Imager on the massive 2.2-meter telescope the ESO operates in the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

The ESO, a collaboration involving 15 mainly European countries, operates a number of high-powered telescopes in Chile, including the Very Large Telescope array (VLT) in Paranal, the world's most advanced telescope.

advertisement
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES STORIES
OTHER WORLD STORIES
BREAKING NEWS