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Star explosion is most distant space object seen

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posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 10:49 PM
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Now we're up to 13 billion years.....according to this article, the previous record holder, GRB 080913, was 12.8 billion light-years distant

www.msnbc.msn.com...


Star explosion is most distant space object seen
Blast is estimated to be located more than 13 billion light years from Earth
By Andrea Thompson Senior writer updated 3:17 p.m. ET, Wed., Oct . 28, 2009

GRB 090423 is the small, very red source in the center of this image. The red color is indicative of its great distance — about 13.1 billion light years — since all the optical light has been absorbed by intergalactic hydrogen gas, leaving only infrared light.

Light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago has been detected, becoming the most distant object in the universe ever observed. The light from the distant explosion, called a gamma-ray burst, first reached Earth on April 23 and was detected by NASA's Swift satellite. Gamma-ray bursts are thought to be associated with the formation of star-sized black holes as massive stars collapse.




posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 11:17 PM
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very very cool

I love that the more we learn, the less we know.



posted on Oct, 28 2009 @ 11:40 PM
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Awesome!



[edit on 28-10-2009 by notreallyalive]



 
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