Times Pivot


The oldest known star in the sky numbers its years in the billions, the human race numbers its years in the thousands… a bit humbling when you think about it.

Compilation by A. M. Mitchell
Picture Element Credits:
Methuselah HD 140283 – The Oldest Star
Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO
Papyrus of Ani circa 1200 bce
Now in the British Museum
Sprinkler Photographer: Tim Hall

Star HD 140283, otherwise known as Methuselah, is between 14.5 billion and 16 billion years old. Our solar system is 4.571 billion years old. The Papyrus of Ani is around 3,269 years old.