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Earliest Star Blast

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posted on Oct, 29 2009 @ 09:15 PM
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Headline from Daily Mail article:

EARLIEST STAR BLAST HELPS ASTRONOMERS PEER BACK TO DAWN OF TIME

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Astronomers have seen the furthest back in time ever, measuring light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago, just after the dawn of the universe.

They traced a gamma-ray burst from a massive star that died just 630 million years after the Big Bang brought the Universe into being - when it was just five per cent of its present age.

To give some perspective, the light left these galaxies 8billion years before our own Sun and Earth had even formed.



"This image shows the afterglow of GRB 090423 (red source in the centre) and was created from images taken in the z, Y and J filters at Gemini-South observatory in Chile and the VLT in Germany"

www.dailymail.co.uk...


"An artist's illustration of the Swift Telescope, which was developed to detect light from gamma ray bursts - one of the most violent explosions known to occur in the Universe"

All quotes and both pictures are taken from the Daily Mail article.

[edit on 29-10-2009 by berenike]




posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 11:40 AM
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Just thinking about those vast distances and that amout of time can give you brain ache (while keepng a puppy occupied)!!
There seems to be amazing discoveries about space on a weekly basis at the moment. With this and all the new extra solar planets, I hope they find an Earth like planet in my life time, now that would be a good reason for a world party instead of the usual in-fighting.



posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 01:42 PM
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There are a few slightly 'crisper' images on this sky news site:

news.sky.com...



And here's a newly discovered Dog Star, first spotted through the Cornell-Caltech Atacama Telescope or C-CAT for short. sshhh, don't tell him:




[edit on 30-10-2009 by berenike]



posted on Nov, 1 2009 @ 08:23 AM
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Awesome!! that dog star looks very familiar, you have to watch out for the blackhole at the front where food and tips of fingers disappear. I'm not going to talk about the dark matter that appears at the back



posted on Nov, 1 2009 @ 05:33 PM
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Originally posted by Kurokage
you have to watch out for the blackhole at the front where food and tips of fingers disappear.


Oh, you mean the nibble-ula:




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