Skip to comments.Hubble spots spiral galaxy that shouldn't exist
Posted on 07/18/2012 5:08:07 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the oldest known spiral galaxy, a 10.7-billion-year-old anomaly that by all rights shouldn't exist. The galaxy was present in the early universe, about 3 billion years after the Big Bang, at a time when galaxies were still forming and normally looked clumpy and irregular.
In fact, it is a so-called grand design spiral galaxy, which has prominent, well-formed spiral arms. "The fact that this galaxy exists is astounding," Law said. "Current wisdom holds that such grand design spiral galaxies didn't exist at such an early time in the history of the universe."
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It’s awesome to think about isn’t it? Imagine if the inhabitants of a planet 65 million light years away could look at earth. They’d see a planet inhabited by dinosaurs. I read the Asimov piece you linked to. It was fascinating.
That's because it's not the early history of the universe.
Hmmm, I wonder how far off a current scientific theory needs to be that an entire observed galaxy doesn’t fit into it?
Oppositions of science falsely so-called. Today’s academia is polluted with them . . .
The atheistic scientists believed the universe was eternal before the Big Bang theory (proposed by a theologian) was demonstrated to be practical via the red shift in stars (expanding universe).
Here’s another Asimov short story I always loved.
It’s a quick read. Enjoy.
Thanks Olog-hai. And, uh, whoops! [blush]
You’ll have to define wht you mean by ‘eternal’ before further discussion will make sense.
You’ll have to define what you mean by ‘eternal’ before further discussion will make sense.
Atheism is an ‘ego snake’ which has captured it’s tail, making it a closed loop.
It’s really very simple.
We believe in God, they believe in Coincidence.
Intelligent Design versus a Lottery Ticket.
I first read that Asimov story, ‘The Billiard Ball’, back in the late ‘60s. It was in a book of Asimov short stories I got from the Science Fiction Book Club. Anyway, in the Forward to the book Asimov remarked that he originally wanted to title the story, ‘Dirty Pool’, but decided that would be too tacky. I think it would have been a perfect title.
Indeed, I shall hereafter remember the story as ‘Dirty Pool’.
Everything espoused by astronamers is based on a speculative evolved universe. They generally do not understand, “In the beginning God...”
And the media pushers who write this stuff are likely even worse.
One thing I believe...even with the ‘benefit’ of Hubble, we do not know where ‘we’, the earth, solar system and milky way are in God’s scheme of things.
Scientists make a living giving their opinion; there is nothing more. New galaxy that shouldn’t exist? “Oh, neat. That’s not supposed to exist. I bet it formed, uh, about, uh ten million years ago. Yeah.” They just throw out a number with further establishing the facts. Typical.
"We want to take pictures of this galaxy at other wavelengths," Shapley said. "That will tell us what type of stars are in every location in the galaxy. We want to map the mixture of stars and gas in BX442."
My bet is that it will contain mainly first generation stars, therefor ruling out most heavier element nucleosynthesis and thus anything more advanced than the "simplest" life forms. Yet, we know well by our own experience what even simple life can yet produce, even in a future there we are not yet able to see, even here.
How any of this though rules out an appreciation of God though, as noted by some on this thread, is what really leaves me mystified. I think God is flattered that we should show an interest in His universe and that we would want to know and understand as much as we may.
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. --Psalm 86:11
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