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How could a Star possibly be older than the Universe ? Is this possible or are the calculations off when determining the age of such Stars ? Can a Star exist that formed on its own independent of a Universe ?

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  • $\begingroup$ My question is a little different because I would like to know if this is even possible, for a Star to be older than the Universe ? In other words could a Star have formed that is not contained in a Universe ? $\endgroup$ – Peter U Dec 9 '19 at 21:52
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    $\begingroup$ We don't know of any example or physical mechanism to do so. Consider how we humans figure out the universe: By being inside the universe and learning about it from the inside only. It would be exceedingly difficult to learn about anything outside of it. $\endgroup$ – AtmosphericPrisonEscape Dec 9 '19 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ @AtmosphericPrisonEscape Excellent point that you make here $\endgroup$ – Peter U Dec 9 '19 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ "Is this possible or are the calculations off when determining the age of such Stars?" There is no dilemma. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Dec 9 '19 at 22:50
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It can't. If we find a star that's "older" than the universe, then either the measurements of the star's age are incorrect, or the measurements of the universe's age are incorrect.

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