Population III

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A hypothetical generation of stars, no longer observable, assumed to have been formed before those of Population II. They are presumed to have existed because their supernovae would have been needed to supply the heavy elements observed in Population II stars. The neutron stars or black holes produced by such supernovae might be candidates for the dark matter in the galactic halo.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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