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A new spin on the first stars

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Understanding the nature of the first stars, whose formation marked a pivotal epoch in the Universe's history, is at the frontier of astronomy. An analysis of stellar data indicates that they were fast-rotating objects. See Letter p.454

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Figure 1: Zooming in on NGC 6522.

A, 2MASS/J. CARPENTER, M. SKRUTSKIE, R. HURT; B, J. TUMLINSON/NASA/ESA/STSCI

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Tumlinson, J. A new spin on the first stars. Nature 472, 426–427 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/472426a

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