WOW! There is so much awe in this news article today. I'll share some clips and then the link.
1. I love how scientists & astronomers collaborate on an international basis, moving us all towards being and recognizing that we are all global citizens.
2. Awe - how does it feel to just sit with this and attempt comprehension? feel we are one with this universe? : "Its light has been traveling to us for 12.9 billion years.."
3. I don't read most science news but I do take notice when the researcher says: “It doesn’t really get any more exciting than this.”
So what's the big deal?
New York Times 6-17-15: Now, in a paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, an international crew of astronomers led by David Sobral of the University of Lisbon, in Portugal, and the Leiden Observatory, in the Netherlands, said they had spotted the signature of these first-generation stars in a recently discovered galaxy that existed when the universe was only about 800 million years old. Its light has been traveling to us for 12.9 billion years, while succeeding generations of stars have worked their magic to make the universe interesting.
The galaxy, known as CR7, is three times as luminous as any previously found from that time, the authors said. Within it is a bright blue cloud that seems to contain only hydrogen and helium.
In an email, Dr. Sobral called this the first direct evidence of the stars “that ultimately allowed us all to be here by fabricating heavy elements and changing the composition of the universe.”
In a statement from the European Southern Observatory, he said, “It doesn’t really get any more exciting than this.”
The complete article: http://nyti.ms/1TypJv9
What scientific discoveries are stretching your mind?