A news announcement from NASA holds the claim that the oldest known galaxy has been spotted and recognized as such. Originally seen in 2009, this as-yet-unnamed galaxy is reported to be 150 million years older than any previously known galaxy. That would suggest to me, if I were inclined to believe the science and I am tempted to submit to it, that this may be the grand-daddy of all the other galaxies.
Think about it. If the Big Bang did occur as many suggest, the point of origin for that bang would probably quiesce sooner than the outer areas farther from the blast. It’s a matter of time, distance, and speed. So if this galaxy is 150 million years older than anything else we’ve found yet, is this close to where the “bang” happened?
The galaxy is 13.2 billion light years away. Let’s give a real number to that… speed of light… distance traveled in a year… hmm…
That’s 77,597,854,926,023.62 miles. Seventy-seven trillion, 597 billion, 854 million, 926 thousand, 23 point 62 miles. (Almost sounds like the US National Debt!) And the light from that galaxy takes 13.2 billion years to reach earth.
So here’s another number to consider. Scientists say that the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years old. If that’s the case, the light from said galaxy was on its way here before “here” was here. The light got here approximately 8.78 billion years ahead of the Earth itself.
Well then, could that have been the center of the Big Bang? Any material strewn from it would have taken even longer than 13.2 billion years to get here since it would have been travelling slower than the speed of light. At half the speed of light (assumption), it seems (rough math) that it would have taken 26.4 billion years for gases or solids to get here.
What do scientist say about the age of the universe? They don’t believe it’s that old. In fact, they believe it’s about 13.75 ± 0.17 billion years old. That’s anywhere between 13.58 and 13.92 billion years old. If that number range is correct, then this recently spotted galaxy is about as old as old gets in this physical world. This would suggest that the difference in the age of the universe and this galaxy could be as little as .38 billion years. We’re talking about 380 million years! Imagine if this galaxy was that young relative to creation! If it’s not at the epicenter of the “Big Bang”, it’s pretty darn close!
Either that or you’d have to believe it all just came into existence in the space of time it takes to say “Let there be…”
The more science seems to know…
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