October 24, 2013 | Stephanie

I can't be the only person to have looked at the sky and wondered, 'How far does space go?' Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have found the most distant galaxy seen yet.

Because its light has travelled so far, we see the galaxy as it was 13.1 billion years ago a mere 700 million years after the Big Bang. I can't wait to find out what astronomers have to say about the formation and evolution of galaxies after studying this one.


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The further away the galaxy, the redder it appears.


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Mike Broomfield

August 19, 2014 at 18:05

The universe expanded faster than the speed of light because the laws of physics as we know them were not set in place until the universe had expanded and cooled (relatively cool....). There were no set boundaries for this but there were rules that governed whether the universe carried on expanding, stayed the same size (static model) or collapsed if there was too much matter.

John Wattie

July 4, 2014 at 07:29

It is difficult to see further back than the opaque "surface" displayed by the cosmic background radiation because before that light and other radiation could not travel far. Recent detection of variations in the cosmic background are being analysed mathematically, rather like seismic waves can be used to trace earthquake origins or even look deep into the sun (helioseismology). Preliminary results suggest the early universe may have inflated into multiple universes which is so extraordinary that further research on this is awaited with much interest!

Drew Confused

January 2, 2014 at 15:46

If they can keep looking 'further back' will we ever be able to see the Big Bang as it happened? How has the universe expanded faster than light.

Guffy Mcgufferpants

December 5, 2013 at 11:37

This is very exciting for me. Thank you

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