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[Time]Hubble Finds Granddaddy of Ancient Galaxies

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Somewhere out in the void — 13.2 billion light years, give or take — is a magnificent red blob, recently discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. It's a galaxy — or it was; it's long since flashed out of existence — but far less beautiful or dramatic than nearly any galaxy the Hubble has spotted before. Its magnificence, instead, comes from its age.

The newly discovered star cluster — a hundred times smaller than our own Milky Way — was formed just 480 million years after the 13.7 billion year-old universe itself was born, making it easily the oldest galaxy ever found. As such, it provides astronomers a first-time glimpse at the universe in its R&D phase, when small, sloppy galaxies were being formed out of hot gas, then vanishing shortly after — leaving the skies free for the huge and mature galactic swirls that would come along later.


Must be very violent there, is new and unstabled....
Wonder what is it like now there

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For all we know there could now be an big empty space there........
    
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Reading through the article... It just amazes me how futile we, as humans are compared to what's out there. We really can't do much to control anything in the grand scheme of things.

Pretty awesome discovery.

Though I really wish there was a way for us to see and witness these things in real-time...albeit video froma galaxy far, far away so we don't get cooked. biggrin.gif
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Too bad we can't see these things happening in real time. Now that would be freakin' awesome! biggrin.gif

That reminds me, I have to finish my current ME2 playthrough....
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