Getting closer to the “Big Bang”

    Astronomers discover some of the oldest galaxies to date, a mere 787 million years after the “Big Bang.” But remember distance is time, so astronomers may only be seeing remnants of what once was.

    Astronomers discover some of the oldest galaxies to date, a mere 787 million years after the “Big Bang.” But remember distance is time, so astronomers may only be seeing remnants of what once was. Much like the classic sci-fi movie Star Wars when Luke looks out at the two setting suns, more clues have been discovered about a binary system, thus indicating somewhere in the galaxy there might be a pair of stars with their own set of planets. Also Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gives us a glimpse of the Apollo 11 landing site – a remarkable image to see.
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