In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have recently detected a group of galaxies in the early Universe, made up of 14 very bright objects on a collision course. They are located at the edge of the observable Universe which essentially means that the experts are looking back in time. It has taken that light billions of years for us to see it. These unusually bright objects are reportedly set to form a giant galaxy which will actually be the core of a galaxy cluster.
However, the weirdest part is that all of the above actually took place 12 billion years ago. These galaxies would have been in exactly this place when the Universe was only 1.4 billion years old. The South Pole telescope originally detected these objects. At the time, researchers were shocked at how close together they were. According to Tim Miller from the Yale University, nobody had expected such a discovery. The scientific names of these objects are actually starburst galaxies. They are forming stars about 1,000 times quicker than the Milky Way. At the same time, some other experts have called the discovery unusual.
Cosmic collision alters our understanding of the Universe
It seems that it’s pretty amazing to only find two such galaxies grouped together. However, to find 14 of them it’s incredible and never-before-seen. The space that this group occupies is only a bit larger than that of the Milky Way, making it incredibly crowded. But why was this concentration of galaxies able to develop in such a space remains a mystery.
Moreover, experts are saying that in the present day, this amazing structure might be as big as the Coma Cluster. The latter measures over four times the visible space that the full moon occupies, which is a lot. It’s interesting that probably, there are other such structures out there, waiting to be discovered.
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