The Hubble Space Telescope recently discovered an ancient galaxywhose deep red light took 13.2 billion years to reach it. The galaxy — functionally named UDFj-39546284 — is the oldest ever discovered. It was formed just 480 million years after the 13.7 billion year-old universe itself was born, and though it has long since flashed out of existence, the images can teach astronomers a lot about the early universe.
I’m always fascinated by discoveries related to space (planets, stars, galaxies, etc.). I don’t know if it’s because of the enormous size of celestial bodies, the vast distances, or the fact that we can currently only look, but it inspires awe, and gets my imagination going.
But what about you?
What’s your preference, if any? Do you get a rush from the grand scale discoveriesÂ in space? Are you more in awe of the tiniest particles? Do you gravitate towardÂ Earth science? Are you impressed most by the mysteries of the ocean? Or are you an “across the board” inspiree?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.