Archive for Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Astronomers spot galaxy forming billions of years ago

February 13, 2008


— Astronomers took pictures of a far-off lumpy galaxy just forming 13 billion years ago, putting it among the earliest and most distant cosmic objects ever photographed.

Though the black-and-white images are fuzzy, they are the most detailed and best confirmed look back in both time and distance that humans have seen, said Johns Hopkins University astronomy professor Holland Ford. He was part of a team of scientists taking the pictures with NASA's space telescopes, Hubble and Spitzer.

The galaxy, called A1689-zD1, is from when the universe was about 700 million years old, not long after the formation of the first galaxies.

And it's different from galaxies like our Milky Way, Ford said.

"It is much smaller. It is lumpy. It has two centers instead of one and it is undergoing extreme star formation," he said. "It is basically the building blocks for what will be a galaxy like our own in the future."


Paul R Getto 10 years, 3 months ago

Fascinating; astronomy give us a sense of perspective. We are small potatoes in the universe, despite our inflated ego as a species.

bondmen 10 years, 3 months ago

The heavens reveal the power and majesty of our Creator God and His glory is seen through our eyes in what He has made. The more science learns as it looks deeper into space the more its theories change to try and explain what was heretofore considered impossible.

Confrontation 10 years, 3 months ago

I'm not surprised that someone would come along and ruin this beauty of space with religious talk.

Flap Doodle 10 years, 3 months ago

Calling a galaxy lumpy is sort of judgemental, don't you think?

moderate1 10 years, 3 months ago

The wealth of knoledge the Hubble Telescope has provided has given us great insight into the universe and is worth every penny

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