Sure, the Hubble Space Telescope is in 350 miles above the Earth, and what it’s looking at is some kind of billions of light years away, but the telescope is monitored seven blocks from my Charles Village apartment, so let’s call this a local story.
Thanks to the light-magnifying powers of the gravity of a certain galaxy cluster (wait, what?), the Hubble Space Telescope was able to see a galaxy formed more than 13 billion years ago, or, when the universe was only 500 million years old. Just so you know, that’s considered very young for a universe.
(I love astronomy news. It’s one of the few places you’ll read such counterintuitively modified phrases as “only 500 million years” and “small galaxy.”)
Scientists are excited about what these serendipitously bright images of a very old galaxy will teach us about the universe’s early days (I say “us,” but I really mean “them”).
You can read more about it in the Baltimore Sun. And if you understand some of it, fill me in!
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