New, older age for the universe

Telescope peers back to see the first light after the Big Bang

By Stephen Ornes, 10:44 AM April 4, 2013




A new study of the age of the universe shows that it's about 80 million years older than scientists had previously thought. For a place we now believe to be 13.81 billion years old, that few extra tens of millions of years isn’t much of a change. It's roughly like finding out a friend is actually 13, and not just 12 years and 11 months old.


Scientists measure the age of the universe by studying what is called the cosmic microwave background radiation. That radiation is energy. And it is le...

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