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The Quest for Population III

Science  04 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5552, pp. 66-67
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5552.66

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Recent research promises a glimpse of the primordial ancestors of today's stars. Searchlight beacons from the most distant quasars have lit the edges of a key region within which ultraviolet (UV) light from the earliest stars ionized the universe. Other astronomers are using the intense gravity of galaxy clusters as lenses to magnify tiny parts of the universe, exposing shreds of light from the first infant galaxies in the throes of formation.