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The Oldest Star in the Universe

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Hank tells the story of the mysterious star known as "Methuseleh," and why scientists think that it is the oldest known star in the universe. Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Tardigrade Poster: http://vid.io/xom SciShow Mug: http://vid.io/xoa SciShow Shirt: http://vid.io/xog -- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com References Watch Galaxies Collide: http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3AAndromeda_and_Milky_Way_collision.ogg Strange 'Methuselah' Star Looks Older Than the Universe: http://www.space.com/20112-oldest-known-star-universe.html Hubble Finds Birth Certificate of Oldest Known Star: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/hd140283.html
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Alex Pandian (1 month ago)
Ye Shall Thank Thy Maker.
The Methuseleh star is as old as the rest of the Universe: about 7,000 years. A piece of black fabric with little holes poked in it comes closer to the truth than most people would ever consider: All galaxies except our own are just a projection and not real.
leapol scotch (1 month ago)
How could the universe have a age? Shouldn't it be infinite? This must mean something outside the observing universe started the universe 13.8 billions years ago
Naturally weird (1 month ago)
So basically that star was the galactus of stars ...
Slique Vic (1 month ago)
How can a star be older than the universe if the universe is a collection of galacies? and galacies is made up of stars, planets, ect.??? Something contradicts bro.... I love science tho!!!!
teradon (2 months ago)
We don't really know that anything we know is correct
fnx0808 (2 months ago)
Italians speaks with hands...
sabber (3 months ago)
Man... This is like when they discovered that the pyramids were older than earth!
Space dolphin corp. (3 months ago)
the "universe" from humanities standpoint
justtrolin (4 months ago)
Some one forgot to carry over the 1?
Freedom Warrior (4 months ago)
OMG The Universe is only 6000 years old stupid!! (grabs popcorn)
Wayne Speer (4 months ago)
And yet another reason to believe that we are just applying what we call science to things and calling it fact. Time and again scientist have been proven wrong on so many things. But then they come up with some kind of magical science and math that's no better than religion . Stop wasting money and get us into space . Then we can do some real exploring .
Clean Energy Disruption (4 months ago)
Red Shift - Speed of Recession or Age of a Galaxy? Hubble images have shown NGC 4319 and Markarian 205 are actually connected while exhibiting different conventional Red Shift... (If conventional Red Shift measures NGC 4319 to be 600 Million Light Years from Earth and Markarian 205 to be 1 Billion Light Years away... how can they be connected as the Hubble picture shows?) Deflating the Theory of Cosmic Inflation | Space News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox3_tJcPy2M&ab_channel=ThunderboltsProject
Wind Angel (4 months ago)
Wow! Scientists are missing something big. The "known" universe is 13.7 billion years old, but the known universe is probably not the entire universe. If one were to study the voids forming all through space one would discover that there are stubborn galaxies that don't get ejected. If our planet was in one of these galaxies in the Local Void, up until the sixties, that tiny galaxy cluster would have been the entire known universe to us. There is also another factor- there seems to be some sort gravity pulling on our universe from outside of the black void surrounding our universe. That points to something beyond the void, possibly the Old Universe. I surmise that the Big Bang occurred within a void like the Local or Bootes void, only much larger, and old Methuselah is a stubborn old remnant of the old universe that was once here and was pushed and pulled out of the sector of space so we could come to be. I'm terrible at math, so I simply can't do those amazing equations that would be able to prove this. I hope this makes sense.
Amruta PARICHARAK (4 months ago)
SciShow is cool
john stanley (4 months ago)
Only one explanation Glitch in the matrix
Lito Lamonte (5 months ago)
Have they seen already the other stars ftom other galaxies??
Peashooter Winmo (5 months ago)
The universe is 6058 years old...
Radioactive Diablo (5 months ago)
if the star went nova then it could've exploding thus creating the big bang but then again there is a law in physics that suggests that energy can not be created or destroyed...
Hayzen Channels (5 months ago)
3:14 3:14 3:14 3:14 BAYUM!
Karen Pivaral (5 months ago)
And... Also That 'bam' at the end was so funny to me, I don't know why 😂😂😂
lumens (5 months ago)
The mechanics of dust
Nicholas Heimann (6 months ago)
I bet it is a product of a merger of 2 stars that would screw with the composition.
sajid akram (7 months ago)
Bible says universe is 6000yrs old
Jeff O (10 hours ago)
The Bible doesn't say that at all.
anshumat dinesh (7 months ago)
0:48 i saw a static
Methuselah????AGAIN????!!!Why does almost everything we found old always named at Noah's grandfather????Aughh!!!!
dbnx1701 (8 months ago)
A star that's older then the universe, uh oh glitch in the matrix lol.
StealthLava (8 months ago)
Just goes to show that most of what we think we know is just a bunch of guesses. The star being older than the universe is a fine example of this. The star could be younger and/or the universe could be older. I am already suspicious that they are wrong about the amount of mass in the universe. That they are just guessing. This don't help my suspicions any.
Max Johnson (8 months ago)
who ever said there wasn't already other stuff somewhere else when the big bang happened? big bang does not equal universe. the first thing you can mathematically calculate does not equal the first thing that happened.
Rick JiMo (9 months ago)
how come it hasn't run out of fuel?
Ara Tiffany Villanueva (9 months ago)
How to kill a universe in a starious way?
popop614 (10 months ago)
spooky annotation
Rabih Faiad (10 months ago)
chabelo sigue siendo mas viejo que esa estrella Y el universo :v
Ayen Monasha (10 months ago)
How are we suppose to build a ballastic missile
Sammy Sam (11 months ago)
Mind kind of blown, but still lol
soulfull M. (1 year ago)
the narrator doesn't know how to shave. sorry, had to say it.
Science whiz kid (1 year ago)
Could it be from another universe.
HabsGeorge (1 year ago)
It must be near center of universe. Not sure but likely connected to inflation period. If universe DID expand faster than speed of light it would warp time for awhile
PyrrhoVonHyperborea (1 year ago)
1:13 - or are we wrong about "standard candles"? - you forgot one of the most important possibilities...
Sayon Cheth (1 year ago)
Omg that bam at the end though
Dark83Noodle (1 year ago)
Guessing game. Silly Humans.
Game slayer404 (1 year ago)
so does this mean the multi verse theory is correct!?!?
gerald lucas (1 year ago)
hate gift consistently deep entitle collector after confident.
Maybe the universe itself is packed inside a star so that star must be older than the universe, right?
Kevin Fortnum (1 year ago)
Try to calculate the age of a black hole!
ajay gupta (1 year ago)
how do a black hole sucks thing inside it???
yiu ho lam yiu (1 year ago)
why wasn't this on scishow space?
SpacePjoes (1 year ago)
There is a random box at 1:24
Kap E (1 year ago)
What if it is a star left over from a previous universe? What if that Universe collapsed into a small space, and what we refer to the "Big Bang" was the result of the expansion,but during this collapse and expansion, certain celestial bodies survived? Would that even be possible?
Tyler Amon (1 year ago)
universe to galaxy to universe. what?
deharleyva (1 year ago)
Maybe we are wrong on the age of the universe.
Maranda with an A (1 year ago)
what even is a universe, maybe im dumb, but i thought that was just a term to refer to space as a whole..?
Spinomaks (1 year ago)
Am I the only one who thinks that the universe existed always and never just "happened"? It's hard to explain but seriously, if people say Big Bang did it, then what came before Big Bang? Personally, I don't believe in the Big Bang theory, I think the universe always existed
One main problem with that theory is that matter and energy is finite, and if it has always existed it becomes a paradox of "Where is all of this new hydrogen coming from," when fission typically doesn't occur that much to atoms unless they are forced to do so by being made unstable via injection of a neutron.
Harvey Airways (1 year ago)
i have a theory astronomers said they have a theory of multiverse alot of universe so maybe the star is kick out from the other universe and go to our universe
Bobby Harper (1 year ago)
So, HD 140283 flew in from another universe?
inspirationX (1 year ago)
if our universe were to be a simulation, maybe it's a variable to test object creation that was forgotten to be deleted when the while loop for the universe creation algorithm was implemented. Happens to me all the time
MrIv88 (1 year ago)
BAM!!!
UFCMania155 (1 year ago)
Or the universe is 2 billion years older than we thought rofl
Mechanical-Y (1 year ago)
Oldest in the 'study-able' universe. While we can observe stars much further away, one we leave our galactic neighborhood, making out individual stars becomes much more difficult. There is a point where we can barely make out individual galaxies, so studying the age of individual stars in these galaxies is effectively impossible with current technology.
Aradhana Sharma (1 year ago)
maybe it's the light of big bang
64bitAnthony (1 year ago)
That sounds like a great setting for an interesting fictional series
Inder Ajith (1 year ago)
an advanced civilization must come and shut these types of fuckers mouth with facts
Inder Ajith (1 year ago)
lol how these fuckers deciding everything by just seeing in a telescope lol even some says relativity theory is wrong till the end of humanity science is always losses before nature
Ari Wright (1 year ago)
maybe the universe is much older than we say it is. it feels a little too coincidental that our little observable segment of the universe houses one of the oldest stars out of the entire infinite universe.
Alyssa Griffin (1 year ago)
Anyone else try to frame by frame to catch that random annotation at 1:23 ?
john william (1 year ago)
plus i wish we could just ask the stars how old they are
john william (1 year ago)
hmmm, i wonder what the pope would say about this...
Yarply Twelve (1 year ago)
So it existed before everything else. That would make it the first, and it being so old and not hearing anyone talk of it going nova that would make it a very unique star, if a star at all. Like the only one of its kind, the first and the last, for no other is like it. Its gravity well was the first gravitational influence upon the cosmos. A star or The First and The Last. The Alpha and Omega. For God is an everlasting consuming fire. hebrews 12;29
Amilaki The Sun (1 year ago)
Nih i
Fast Er (1 year ago)
This shows very clearly how wrong most of the scientists assumptions and following calculations are wrong. because it's actually mostly assumptions and NOT facts. Some of these animations about universe with the Big bang, black holes, Dark matter/energy, Neuron starts, etc etc has been shown so often that even some scientists started to believe in them as facts. NONE of it has been scientifically proven. It's all products of mathemagic where the math is created to conform the hypotheses or assumptions. We don't even know what our closes objects, the comets, are made of, as NASA and ESA had to acknowledge. Or how solar systems are formed as the KEPLER telescope keeps finding solar systems that defies the standard model in every possible way. So when LIGO suddenly says they have managed to measure the gravitational waves from the last half second of TWO colliding black holes, some 1,5 billion light years away, it all sounds like fantasy. But it's great for LIGO. I mean they did not find ANYTHING in TWO decades and the grant money was drying up, and suddenly EUREKA.
Abhay H (1 year ago)
Now everyone says the universe is 13.8 billion years ago. I see how 0.1 billion years passes in just 3-4 years
Elliander Eldridge (1 year ago)
another possibility is that for whatever reason it was in a region of space where time floated differently. We know that there is a relation between the speed at which it travels, the size of a gravity well, and the rate of time. since this star is moving faster than other stars in this galaxy it stands to reason that its original Galaxy had more angular momentum and therefore time moved slower. it may have been an extremely small difference, but when you are essentially counting the age of the universe, those small differences add up. Based on this it doesn't actually have to be as old as the universe for it to be older than the universe, and at the same time it's possible first star that appears to be as old as the universe to actually be pretty young. A black hole, for example, last for a very long time from our perspective, but from its own perspective it's a really fast implosion followed by a really fast explosion. it's just that the time-dilation effect is so significant that we don't see it. based on this it might not be the oldest star in the universe, or it might be. Well, assuming it still exists. it does take time for news to reach us. We're just looking at what it used to look like it.
Duggin McBeats (1 year ago)
It really bothers me when people say things like "oldest in the universe"... how can you know that? who has surveyed the entire universe as of today?
You are such a pretentious sheep for new age religion..(nasa pseudo science). Also don't confuse " getting smarter" with imbibing the above.
David Lawrence (1 year ago)
I wish he hadn't resorted to "science is wrong" sensationalism, which just fuels pseudoscience and religious nonsense. No qualified astrophysicist has ever claimed that our models of stellar structure and evolution are 100% accurate. What makes the scientific method superior to religion and pseudoscience is that scientists continually adjust their theories and hypotheses in line with the most up-to-date empirical evidence.
Lunatic Prime (1 year ago)
Why not the last one? Make a video for that. :)
Prince Zuko (1 year ago)
Perhaps this star is from the previous kalpa, Dovakiin.
Maharshi K Desai (1 year ago)
What if this star made it here, from another universe, in which case the possibility of multiverse existence increases extensively.
David Domshy (1 year ago)
Annotation at 1:24?
yashouberry (1 year ago)
the universe isnt 13.7 billion years old.... We just say that based on the visible and known universe... we don't know anything beyond that.
Herobrine 37 (1 year ago)
haha :D 2 billion years older than the universe
Robin Hislop (1 year ago)
Is it possible this was formed by a collision? A younger star colliding with a older star renewing it's source of Hydrogen etc, and messing with it's balance of products. It would be incredibly rare, but even if it only happens once, there are billions upon billions of times when it hasn't happened.
Ronaldjr Montagne (1 year ago)
That star existed before it was cool
Dhruv Patel (1 year ago)
Maybe the star isn't a star, but a singularity that didn't expand like the universe we know today,aka,the Big Bang v.2(failed)
Noah McKee (1 year ago)
maybe thats the star where the niblonians live.
Ernest Jay (1 year ago)
maybe methuselah star are came from ANOTHER universe ! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUNNNNNNNN
Blanche Berzamin (1 year ago)
IndraEMC The only way is from a WHITE hole
Blanche Berzamin (1 year ago)
IndraEMC WTF
Elliott Bohringer (1 year ago)
or it IS ANOTHER UNIVERSE!!!! :O ...naa
Mesodium (1 year ago)
Maybe Universe was OLDER THAN WE THOUGHT FOR DECADES !!!!!!!!!!!
Midge Fidget (1 year ago)
How about this? The star was actually part of the initial material before the big bang. It's just a part that remained intact. Hence the excessive age. Hit me if I'm being stupid.
Isaac Adam (1 year ago)
Here's a crazy idea. Maybe Methusaleh must have come from... another universe. And that star somehow escape its own universe, and lived in ours when our universe was very young. Crazy, huh?! 😆😆😆😆 LOL!
David Chartrand (1 year ago)
Does the wavelength measurement account for the expansion of the universe? Hard to believe they wouldn't, but you never know
Krish Agarwal (1 year ago)
So basically , we know that the universe formed due to the BIG BANG . But where did the matter come from before the big bang ? So the scientists could only calcute until the big bang and no kne knows what was before this. So the star may be really old or the universe before big bang made change.
TooGayForYay (1 year ago)
Hank is hot. like, really, REALLY hot. Am I the only one who has noticed this?
The Great TooEliteForYou Yes
4for4 (1 year ago)
Oboy Moner samee
Oonis Aucoix (1 year ago)
or maybe they're wrong about the age of the universe?
InsanoBinLooney (1 year ago)
your theories are flawed! flying spaghetti monster confirmed!
Robert Shipman (1 year ago)
I have no proof either way, but when you hear scientists say a hypothesis or a theory is set in stone, you can almost guarantee they are wrong. As was the case with all the other estimates for the age of the universe.
Harvey Cotton (1 year ago)
I have a certificate that says its name is Allison.
Joe Dufour (1 year ago)
They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh, got stuck up in that big blueish-black thing.
elevate07 (1 year ago)
Joe Dufour Nah. They're Kings of the past watching down on us
Venky Wank (1 year ago)
Oh Timon, you're so intelligent!
steven antal (1 year ago)
The idea that the universe is 13.7 billion years old is absurd.
Joseph Wasill (9 months ago)
steven antal well considering the age is only based on how much of the universe is currently observable, it could be much older.
Aldurnamiyanrandvora (1 year ago)
Just because you have an alternate theory doesn't mean the predominant theory is absurd. I assure you, you're far closer to that definition than the current hypothesis.
MBTM89 (1 year ago)
steven antal 😮😮😮
steven antal (1 year ago)
+Jaymax i, As many of my colleagues prescribe to information theory, which is a variance of holographic theory where dimensional information, dx, dt,are information in a non dimensional universe. We have already seen proofs in the form of "Spooky action at a distance and dimensional particle assignment (entanglement teleportation, Dr. Zweiger's work). In this context, all events (past present and future,,, in all realms or outcome tracks) exist in a non temperal, non spatial universe where space, time and spin (event, action,energy) Are only apparent to an observer when they are involved in making an interpretation of that information point. The Big Bang is an event that never had a start or an end but is only thermal information that exists in a non dimensional singularity of infinite information. I am in the process of writing a book based on this theory,,, based on my disorientation thesis from 2006.
Jaymax (1 year ago)
+steven antal Then what's your theory regarding the Universe and it's origins? It just existed with no beginning?
Shaggles (1 year ago)
What if that star is really older then the universe. I have two different explanations about this (I'm not a scientist though but I like to fantasize about possibilities): 1. An old universe collapsed and a new universe exist out of it and that star survived the collapse. 2. It went trough a portal from our universe connected with an other universe.
Enigmax200581 (6 months ago)
Souperpie84 probably is. The age we have measured the universe to be is, mostly, based on how far we can see. And the universe expands faster than light.. so there is light out there we haven't seen yet and probably never will.
Souperpie84 (1 year ago)
Saghy Boelijn or The universe is older than we think
Shaggles (1 year ago)
+julian felipe torres guarin like I said, I like to fantasize about it
Saghy Boelijn the first theory is based on the theory of the "big bounce" (which is highly considered), but your second theory is based on the "multiverse" theory, which doesn't have any trace of its existence
snakegamer (1 year ago)
AL EX I agree, the first one is highly improbable but the second one is entirely posssible
Jonathan Roberts (1 year ago)
Well it won't be long until they start saying the universe is 16 billion years old, they're always increasing it. And unless you can observe a star from birth to death you can't tell its age.

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