Star maintains ‘the secret of eternal youth’
September 5, 2012
European Southern Observatory (ESO) said from its headquarters in the German city of Garching, “A team of astronomers captured a globular star Messier 4 apparently resides in ‘the secret of eternal youth.’”
“The scientists analyzed a new image taken with the Wide Field Camera of the MPG / ESO telescope located at La Silla Observatory in northern Chile, showing a large number of the tens of thousands of stars in the globular cluster Messier 4, with the splendor of the Milky Way in the background.”
They studied many of these stars separately with various instruments of long-range telescope, for which split light into its component colors, which allowed them to measure the age and chemical composition of the same “.
“They found that one of the stars have unusual and surprising properties are such that it may lie the secret of eternal youth.”
Experts explained, “The stars that are part of the globular clusters are very old, so it is not expected to have a large amount of heavy chemical elements”.
However, astronomers detected precisely in that star wide presence of these elements, and a much larger amount of lithium, a rare element in the group of the lightest of which was to be expected. “
“The origin of this battery is a mystery, because this element generally degrades gradually over billions of years, over the life of a star. However, the star apparently analyzed saves ‘the secret of eternal youth’, as it was able to preserve its original lithium levels or found a way to increase their own levels of recent generation lithium”.