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An Amazing Picture

This may not look l like much, but it is damn fascinating.

Astronomers at Hawaii`s Gemini Observatory have taken a picture of the furthest known object ever to be recorded.

The picture is from a gamma ray burst. This particular one is 13 billion years old. That means we are seeing it just as it happened 13 billion years ago.

It is also 13 billion light years from Earth. One light year equals 6 trillion miles.

Truly astounding.

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Billions, and billions and ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Billions, and billions and billions.

That was my Carl Sagan inpersonation. Have you seen the latest Hubble Telescope shots? ww

Great photo.Though... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Great photo.

Though ww's comment, like most of his, is based on ignorance.

Sagan never did, however, say "billions and billions". The public's association of the phrase and Sagan came from a Tonight Show skit. Parodying Sagan's affect, Johnny Carson quipped "billions and billions"
However, Brian - I... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

However, Brian -

If you take a look at some of the Hubble Deep Field shots, like...

http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2004-07-a-full_jpg.jpg

... you see thousands of galaxies, each with billions upon billions of stars.

And that's looking a section of the sky about the area you'd see through an 8-foot long soda straw.

So Sagan never said 'billions and billions' - so friggin' what? We're all less than specks of dust in the immensity of the Universe - something like THAT certainly isn't anything to get upset about!

not correct. the furthest t... (Below threshold)
wildman:

not correct. the furthest thing in the universe is the collective intellect of the us congress

Shawn,Don't spread... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Shawn,

Don't spread rubbish. The Universe is only 6000+ years old.

Wait....Is that [s... (Below threshold)
marc:

Wait....

Is that [space cadet] Pelosi's summer cottage I see?

worldcitizen - "Don't s... (Below threshold)
marc:

worldcitizen - "Don't spread rubbish. The Universe is only 6000+ years old."

Well then, I guess that's permission to delete all your comments.

Sounds fair to me.

And yet, we still cannot bu... (Below threshold)

And yet, we still cannot build a telescope capable of seeing far enough up WorldCitizen's ass to see his head....

It is also 13 billion li... (Below threshold)
jj:

It is also 13 billion light years from Earth. One light year equals 6 trillion miles.

So dollar bills laid end to end from here to there don't quite add up to the deficit at the end of obama's "ten years" in office...

Come on guys, don't be diss... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

Come on guys, don't be dissing your base with this billions of years old universe mumbo jumbo. That is how to lose elections.

The end times are near. If you don't believe me ask Sarah or, of course, most fundamentalist for the last 2000 years.

If you take a look at so... (Below threshold)
Brian:

If you take a look at some of the Hubble Deep Field shots, like...
http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2004-07-a-full_jpg.jpg

One of my all-time favorite photos.

The Hubble deep field is an... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

The Hubble deep field is an awesome shot. I think it was close to a 16 hour exposure.

This site has some spectacular shots. The wallpaper page is really cool.

Hubblesite

May 2009 is the Hubble re... (Below threshold)
MF:

May 2009 is the Hubble refurbish mission. Best wishes and safety to the crew.

The photos are awesome!

Brian -"One of ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Brian -

"One of my all-time favorite photos."

Mine, too. So MANY galaxies, so many, many stars, so incredibly many possible planets...

Way out there, someone may be looking in our direction also, thinking "I wonder if there's life out there..."

Let's just hope the end of that thought isn't "... and how would it taste?"!

Does this mean Sarah Palin ... (Below threshold)
max:

Does this mean Sarah Palin is an astronomer too?


(Sorry, couldn't help it.)




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