NASA's Space Telescope Shatters Record For Oldest And Most Distant Galaxy Ever Seen
JWST is already providing imagery that leaves its audience in complete awe. One of the latest images showed a spiral galaxy that was leaving some with thoughts of a Dr. Who vortex. Now the deep space observatory has possibly located the oldest galaxy that scientists and astronomers here on Earth have ever seen.
The image was shared on Twitter by Dr. James O'Donoghue, stating, "JWST has potentially smashed records, spotting a galaxy which existed when the universe was a mere 300 million years old!"
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's chief scientist, tweeted in response to the finding, "Astronomy records are crumbling already, and more are shaky." He added, "Yes, I tend to only cheer once science results clear peer review. But, this looks very promising."
Naidu told New Scientist that it in fact found two compelling candidates for extremely distant galaxies. He stated, "If these galaxies are at the distance we think they are, the universe is only a few hundred million years old at that point." He also said, "We searched all the early data for galaxies with this very striking signature, and these were the two systems that had by far the most compelling signature."
There is most assuredly more work to be done in order to verify the findings concerning the two new galaxies, but the possibility it presents shows just how powerful JWST is. As the space telescope continues to scour the vast depths of the universe for more discoveries for scientists and astronomers to uncover, we are all on the edge of our seats waiting to find out what it might reveal next.
Top Image Credit: NASA/ESA/CSA