Ancient spiral galaxy baffles astronomers

By | July 21, 2012

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/07-18-Alice_Shapley_spiral_galaxy_art_full_600.jpgAstronomers have discovered the universe’s most ancient spiral galaxy yet, a cosmic structure that dates back roughly 10.7 billion years, a new study reveals.

The galactic find, discovered by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, comes as something of a surprise. Other galaxies from such early epochs are clumpy and irregular, not strikingly symmetrical like the newfound spiral, which broadly resembles our own Milky Way.

“The fact that this galaxy exists is astounding,” study lead author David Law, of the University of Toronto, said in a statement. “Current wisdom holds that such ‘grand-design’ spiral galaxies simply didn’t exist at such an early time in the history of the universe.”

Law and his colleagues used Hubble to snap photos and study the properties of about 300 distant galaxies. The newfound galaxy, which goes by the name BX442, was the only spiral in the bunch, researchers said.

BX442’s light has taken about 10.7 billion years to reach us, meaning astronomers are now seeing it as it looked just 3 billion years after the Big Bang that created the universe. [Big Bang to Now in 10 Easy Steps]

Today, spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way are common throughout the cosmos. But that wasn’t the case long ago, when galaxy collisions were much more common, gas raining in from the intergalactic medium fed more dramatic star formation and black holes grew faster than they do now, researchers said.

“The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks,” said co-author Alice Shapley of UCLA. “Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?” …

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0 thoughts on “Ancient spiral galaxy baffles astronomers

  1. Fred Killer

    Imagine, somewhere amongst all those stars, 11 billion years ago, on some similar planet in an outer spiral arm, someone as f**ked up as us existed for an equally brief period before utterly annihilating themselves, ultimately over who had the biggest bank account, as if it actually mattered.

    1. Dolt Dunderhead

      wow…but golden rule rules.

      Got more gold..make some new rules.

      Few, if any, have made any changes in life without having the gold…not defending the rule…but as us minuends stir in exile while those who have exult in their advances…well, they create a reason for revolution.

      ..the time is coming…

      And history has no comparison…I find I will take no joy in saying I told you so.

      Prepare, Protect, Peace (Tri-P)

      Dolt Dunderhead

      1. Fred Killer

        Indeed, we told you so.

        Those of us who were born with foreknowledge.

        We are legion.

        We are nowhere. Now here. Everywhere, yet nowhere.

        We are fearless warriors who cannot be harmed, for we know who we are, as co-creators with Almighty God.

        Oh, sorry, wrong meeting!

        Or was it?

        😉

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