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Astronomers hope for the first time to directly detect the universe’s first stars using a soon-to-be-available instrument. The big bang creation model predicts that the first stars would have masses a few hundred times greater than the Sun’s and would experience little mass loss during their burning phases. Consequently, they would end up as black holes. For many big bang models at least a few of the first stars must have formed as binaries (two-star systems). Thus, the universe may contain a small population of primordial black hole binaries. Some of these black hole binaries will merge over time scales comparable to the age of the universe (13.7 billion years). A Polish team calculated how gravitational waves released by such mergers could be detected by the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. Therefore, significant new evidence for the big bang creation event and for the supernatural design of the cosmic density parameters, which explain the characteristics of the cosmos’ first stars, may soon be at hand.   

·         Krzysztof Belczynski, Tomasz Bulik, and Bronislaw Rudak, “The First Stellar Binary Black Holes: The Strongest Gravitational Wave Burst Sources,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 608 (2004): L45-L48.

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