Universe  ID: 10130

The Cosmic Dawn (Still Image with Titles)

About 300,000 years after the Big Bang, the Universe spread out enough that free electrons and protons could form atomic hydrogen. These atoms readily absorb light, thus creating an opaque murky era known as the cosmic Dark Ages. Roughly 900 million years later, the Universe underwent a Reionization Period. The earliest stars and quasars generated enough ultraviolet light to turn hydrogen atoms back into protons and electrons. These areas began as bubbles, continually spreading until light was permitted to travel freely through the Universe. This moment has been dubbed the Cosmic Dawn.


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