May 31, 2023

The study found new galaxies near the location of the Big Bang

Much has been speculated about the great explosion, the big bang that would have generated the entire universe. There are many theories that discuss the causes and conditions of this primordial event. Fortunately for the scientific community, recent research has revealed surprising new data on the subject.

To better understand the topic, we need to know that the universe is expanding as we go, which is why it is difficult to determine its exact size. Until today, scientists have determined only what our technology has allowed us to reach (13.7 billion light-years away).

In short, we have not yet been able to examine the exact location where the Big Bang occurred. However, a powerful space telescope called James Webb has been able to study regions very close to where “the beginning of everything” happened and identify 6 new galaxies!

The James Webb Telescope locates 6 galaxies near the site of the Big Bang

Thanks to its new discoveries, James Webb is now known as the telescope closest to the original. Through infrared, NASA, along with other partner agencies, was able to identify 6 new galaxies, which correspond to 500 million years after the explosion.

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New spatial areas are well developed

According to the scientists involved in the study, the newly discovered areas show an extraordinary degree of development. According to their opinion, these “cosmic giants” are almost as mature as our Milky Way (the galaxy in which our solar system is located).

The main reason for astonishment is that if we apply the scientific concepts currently known, it would not make sense for such massive celestial bodies to exist in the region where these new galaxies are located. Joel Lega, an astronomer and astrophysicist at Penn State University, revealed:

“These objects are much more massive than expected. We expected to find young, young galaxies at this time, but we found mature galaxies like our own in what was once the early universe.”

Despite all the initial hype, experts also claim that this is just the beginning of studies of the new region and that there is a possibility that the telescope is not seeing galaxies, but other stellar events of which we still do not have complete knowledge.

Finally, humanity just has to wait for more data and who knows, someday, we can really find out how it all began!