posted on Jan, 27 2011 @ 10:47 AM
reply to post by VocalHero
For starters, since it is an article in a non-scientific journal, you've got to wonder if the writer wasn't just using poetic licence.
That said, the matter isn't exactly cut and dried. As the article pointed out, the first stars were hot, massive and didn't live very long. That
means that all of the stars that we see in the Hubble image are long-gone (just like you can bet that every single person in
The question is, what happened next? Did the gas & debris from the exploding stars get dispersed irretrievably in intergalactic space? If so, then
the galaxy is truly gone. Alternatively, if the debris had enough mass to stay in the general area, it would have lead to further star formation,
leading to smaller, longer-lived stars like our sun (this is what happens in modern galaxies). So that galaxy would have gone on...
But what happened next?
The more we look, the more we find galaxies colliding and interacting. When this happens, some galaxies get torn
apart, some get absorbed into others, and some combine in an orgy of star formation and form supergalaxies that, in turn, feed on its smaller
neighbors. Since the more time passes, the more likely it is that one or more of these events will befall that far collection of stars.
Thus, we cannot know for certain
what became of this particular orange blob, we can be reasonably certain that, if any part of it still exists,
it has changed beyond recognition.
That's the fun of this sort of exploration. We create new instruments and find new things that raise more questions, which inspires us to look
further and learn more.
What happens next?