Lookin’ WAAAAAAAY Back!

November 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

This is some place to which we will never, NEVER, get, not even with satellites, so do not even bother!  Yet, it does not hurt to imagine, to look, and to study in the event that something observable out there could serve as useful on some level that has not yet been recognized.  Plus, it always is a good thing to collect details for study and review purposes!

Astronomers and other scientific researchers have succeeded in locating what is believed to be the farthest-known object within our known universe.  At a distance of roughly 13.3 billion light years away from Earth, a view has been caught of the location now designated as MACS0647-JD.  Through the use of the powerful Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientifc researchers have been able to capture images of this galaxy, which is being seen as it existed merely 420 years after The Big  Bang!

The image of this galaxy that has been viewed shows it as it existed at three percent of it’s current age.  The research is stating that the universe itself was little more than 420 million years old.  The galaxy, MACS0647-JD, seems to exist at nearly 2.5 times smaller than our Milky Way.  The observing astronomers believe that it will merge with smaller galaxies that are near to it, thus assembling into a cosmic collection of greater scale!

MACS0647-JD was discovered by The CLASH Survey.  This program works with The Advanced Camera For Surveys, and The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide-Field Camera 3.  Through the uses of these tools of cosmic information collection, this ancient galaxy, along with twenty-five galactic clusters are being studied.

The observations made by Hubble Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and it’s Advanced Camera for Surveys initially located MACS0647-JD.  Confirmations of the galaxy’s actual distance were made by The Spitzer Space Telescope.   Additionally, a the use of a naturally-occurring celestial phenomenon called a gravitational lens was used to get a clear view of the galaxy.  The phenomenon actually is a collection of galaxies itself which produces this area through which light can pass due to the warping of spacetime through the collective gravitational forces emitted by these objects!

Farthest Known Galaxy in the Universe Discovered


The Galaxy

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