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Oct 21, 2010

This Is the Oldest Space Object Ever Found

This is the oldest object we've found yet in space. It's a galaxy whose light traveled more than 13 billion light-years before it was visible to Hubble. And it's only 600 million years younger than the universe itself.

What you're looking at above is an artist's rendering of UDFy-38135539, the most ancient space object we've been able to locate to date.

It's about 160 million years older than the previous oldest galaxy, which was found back in 2006. The most exciting part? Astronomers speculate that the oldest galaxies formed as early as 200 million years after the Big Bang, meaning we've got a whole lot of discovering still ahead of us.

58 comments:

MTL beer said...

Imagine what we'll be able to find with the technology in 10 or 20 years.

pixel said...

wonder what the artist had to base the rendering on?

Teh R-lax said...

interesant!

cannabis man said...

wow this is awesome news, imagine the advanced life in that galaxy.

type17 said...

That is beautiful. I wonder what it looks like now, if it exists at all?

Random said...

I heard about this, pretty amazing

honkhonkpt said...

Wow. So basically, it's incomprehensibly old. Haha.

iammyself said...

i want one of those objects

That Stoner Kid said...

That's awesome!

Rand.oM said...

evey found... YET !

SpringyB said...

It's scary how much stuff is out there that we will never know about.

Kikino said...

very cool! and very nice render also ;)

Johnny Boy said...

Wow makes you think how much other great stuff is out there that we will probably never experience.

Gordon said...

Awesome!

ImmaFrog said...

Looks really old

AskAMassivePro said...

wow, incredible stuff man.

Lil' Rocker Flower said...

Great thing, but also a little bit wary.,

Swift Love said...

crazy!

RXD Gaming said...

I love astronomy, will be stopping by daily for some good info.

Randall. said...

Kinda reminds you just how tiny and insignificant we really are.

Willow said...

If people can't see that there isn't life out there just by looking at what we can see, then they are nuts....

MacPCharmony said...

this is amazing

Blake said...

Imagine if there was another Earth in that galaxy and they're looking through their telescopes at us and wondering if there is life. Mind warp.

CookingManiac said...

sounds alright, ;D

KillerKun said...

it looks pretty gay, i thought it would of look more badass being an ancient object

MASS said...

I hope the artist was at least an astrophysicist.

fat daddy said...

wow, even older than larry king.

Mayhem said...

Read about this earlier. Really cool news!

HDPapers said...

This is incredible. Love space-related images

The Game Store Guy said...

Makes me wonder about the planets in said galaxy...What is there? Ya know?

hippilazma said...

fantastic!!

Cliff Miller said...

That is amusen!
Imagine, how old could be Universe?

3milelimit said...

freaking awesome, I wonder what we'll discover next

Czikita said...

I love astronomy ;]

Ben Dover said...

I wish I was born later so I could pop into space whenever I feel like it.
"And it's only 600 million years younger than the universe itself."
Don't you mean 600 million years older? :)

bingbloggt.de said...

what ever it is, it looks amazing :D

Jakey said...

fantastic news! Keep'em coming!

TeddyPin said...

I hope we make massive advances in space travel in my lifetime...

gomby said...

Really shows how insignificant we are compared to how old the universe is..

4funz said...

it's probably destroyed by now :/

Han said...

I still don't understand why people get excited about these things. We know there's old stuff out there, it's hardly surprising.

Suciô Sanchez said...

I thought the oldest space object was Joan Collins' lady parts.

la comédie said...

great post

wishbear said...

Woah that is freaking awesome! Cool picture too :O

Beatrice said...

That thing looks beautiful.

Jeffrey Self said...

When i see this, I realize how small we are...

Barumonk said...

this makes me sad I will not live to explore space myself :(

zorancro1 said...

just amazing like this so much

Just me said...

Amazing how old it is and it still looks that amazing.

Nyuu said...

This is great

i_love_weed said...

its beautiful... *single tear rolls down cheek*

Archi said...

some crazy numbers hah?

SituationAbs said...

That looks incredible!

Applelove said...

Interesting. Now only if we could travel to other solar systems, we'd be 1/10th of the way to exploring such a galaxy

Shelby Fox said...

Makes me feel so tiny.

NarwhalMinded said...

How do they know how old light is? o-o

Watt Mann said...

Hallucinant

Joel C Anatoli said...

wow!..