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SCI/TECH: Youthful Galaxies Surprise Astronomers

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posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 08:50 AM
Defying the usual aging trends in the universe, astronomers have discovered 3 dozen galaxies which are much younger than science had thought is possible. Astronomers have estimated the age of these galaxies to be anywhere from 100 million to 1 billion years old. Our Milky Way is at least 10 Billion years old.
Astronomers are revealing in the fact that they now have the opportunity to study a relatively new galaxy in much more detail than ever before. "It's like finding a living fossil in your own backyard.
Tim Heckman of Johns Hopkins University proclaimed "We thought this type of galaxy had gone extinct, but in fact newborn galaxies are alive and well in the universe."
Astronomers have spotted three dozen bright, young galaxies that defy the general aging trends of the universe.

The galaxies, fairly nearby and massive, are more youthful than they ought to be, based on current theory. They look like the sorts of galactic toddlers or teens that astronomers find when they look across tremendous distances, and therefore way back in time to the early universe

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The mysteries of the universe are compelling to no end. It's amazing that in this day and age, there are new discoveries that are this amazing so frequently.
With this amazing discovery, One has to imagine what scientists will be able to learn about our own galaxy.
I wonder when they will be able to actually see the ends of the universe. You have to believe that day will happen.

[edit on 12-22-2004 by Zion Mainframe]


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