Saturday, November 17, 2012

Farthest Galaxy to Date Found

Hey Space Placers!

The newest "farthest galaxy" has been found by NASA space telescopes. The red blob on the graphic is 13.3 BILLION light years away and is a very young galaxy much smaller than our own Milky Way Galaxy. The Universe was only 420 million years old when this galaxy formed.

The large galaxy cluster allows astronomers to see this distant island of stars due to the magnifying effect caused by the cluster's gravity. If it weren't for this effect of Einstein's relativity we probably wouldn't be able to see the baby galaxy.

The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647 JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way.

Sky Guy in VA

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