astronomers see back through 95% of all time. isn’t that mind blowing? what’s going on out there? back there?
in case you haven’t heard, a snazzy new galaxy, EGS-zs8-1, was discovered last week. (quick astronomy lesson: the farther the light source, the further back in time astronomers see)
because EGS-zs8-1 is so far away, grabbing an image of it shows us how the galaxy looked in the past, about 13.1 billion years ago.
as my dear friend Emily Frost put it in a recent text, “I think we all need to spend more time thinking about this new galaxy discovery!!!”
she’s adorable and correct.
it’s great science-wise, because it helps astronomers learn more about galaxy formation and the universe’s early days.
it’s also great for the rest of us, the lay people still wrapping our heads around this “95% of all time” business.
if ever you needed a reminder it will all work out, your disobedient puppy will eventually calm down, and your back taxes will get paid, this discovery would be it. as Michael Singer says in “The Untethered Soul,” “you’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars.”
it certainly makes Monday morning look different.