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Scientists pinpoint age of 'molten ring' in stunning Hubble telescope image. New research suggests that we are seeing the galaxy in the ring as it was about 9 billion years old, when the universe was only about one-third its present age of 13.8 billion years.

Scientists pinpoint age of 'molten ring' in stunning Hubble telescope image. New research suggests that we are seeing the galaxy in the ring as it was about 9 billion years old, when the universe was only about one-third its present age of 13.8 billion years.

sdmike27

Is anyone else confused about the 9 billion years old being “about one-third” of the universes 13.8 billion? Later in the article it states that after closer inspection following the 2020 release of the image astronomers calculate the distance (of this galaxy) at 9.4 billion light-years. That makes sense but the initial title stating the “age” of this galaxy is about 9 billion years OLD (not DISTANT) would be wrong. Right? I just woke up so maybe I’m missing something?


HardPawns

You’re right, OP fucked up in the headline


steste1122

"New research suggests that we are seeing the galaxy in the ring as it was about 9 billion years ~~old~~ ago, when the universe was only about one-third its present age of 13.8 billion years." They just need to change it to 9 billion years ago to make sense.


seaurchinunderwater

Still does not make sense. 9 is not 1/3 of 13.8.


steste1122

They are saying 9 billion years ago the universe was 4.8 billion years old, which is almost 1/3 of 13.8. They are seeing the galaxy as it was when the universe was 4.8 billion years old.


seaurchinunderwater

Ah, thank you. I understand now.


smokythebrad

Do we know what direction the universe started from to determine how old things are? Why don’t we keep looking in that direction only and eventually we’ll find the start of the Galaxy righty?


Dont____Panic

It doesn’t work that way. Imagine standing on the surface of a balloon that is inflating from very very small to very very big. Look around across the surface of the balloon and ask “where is the starting point?”


smokythebrad

As if the balloon was inflating mysteriously from the inside? Interesting! Thanks!


the6thReplicant

You’re in the middle of the ocean staring at the horizon. There is no direction that the horizon is closer to you. Also the horizon is never something you can visit.