Just when you thought we have discovered every planet and star in the universe, there’s always something new that would pop up.
The latest discovery? A 13 billion-year-old galaxy cluster
In fact, the cluster is said to be the earliest ever observed.
News agency AFP
, quoting a press release by a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Yuichi Harikane, said that the early-stage cluster, called a protocluster, is “not easy to find”.
“A protocluster is a rare and special system with an extremely high density,” Harikane. who led the international team including scientists from Imperial College London, was quoted as saying.
The protocluster, made up of 12 galaxies, suggests that large cosmic structures were present in the very early stages of the universe.
One such galaxy, a giant gas cloud known as Himiko, was discovered back in 2009 by using the same telescope.
So, why is this discovery important? Harikane said the finding may hold clues about how the universe developed.
So exciting, isn't it? We hope astronomers will find a new habitable planet next, so that we could destroy that too.