A space telescope has captured a glimpse back into the deepest reaches of time – just after the Massive Bangm, 13.7 billion years ago.
Astronomers say that the pictures show the flaming lights from the Spitzer Space Telescope are among the first stars formed after the massive bang that spawned the universe as we know it.
Alexander Kashlinsky of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight wrote: ‘These objects would have been tremendously bright.
Light show: Astronomers say that the pictures from the Spitzer Space Telescope show the flaming lights are among the first stars formed after the massive bang that spawned the universe as we know it
‘We cannot yet directly rule out mysterious sources for this light that could be coming from our nearby universe, but it is now becoming increasingly likely that we are catching a glimpse of an ancient epoch. Spitzer is laying down a roadmap for NASA’s upcoming James Webb Telescope, which will tell us specifically what and exactly where these first objects had been.’
Kashlinsky mentioned the images can assist unlock mysteries of the massive bang.
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Universe’s 1st Objects After Big Bang Possibly Seen by NASA Telescope SPACE.com Staff Date: 08 June 2012 Time: 11:32 AM ET FOLLOW US View full size image New observations from a NASA space telescope have spotted what may be the very first objects created in the universe in unprecedented detail, scientists say.
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