Across the Universe in 68 seconds: James Webb shows an ancient galaxy in 3D

Last year, scientists from the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CHEERS) program with the help of James Webb discovered one of the most distant galaxies that have ever been observed in the Universe. It was named the Maisie Galaxy in honor of the daughter of one of the discoverers, and it appeared only 390 million years after the Big Bang – the time when galaxies were born throughout the Universe.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has created an exciting 3D visualization that allows you to travel through space to the ancient Maisie Galaxy at a speed that even science fiction writers could not dream of. Every second of visualization takes you back about 200 million years, until you find yourself in the galaxy 68 seconds later.

Turning this into a real distance is not so easy. Due to the accelerated expansion of the Universe, objects that are far away from us are moving away faster and faster. This is because the Universe is expanding uniformly in all directions. Therefore, if we could magically fly away to the Maisie Galaxy now, it would take us more than 33 billion light-years to reach it.

The special physics of our Universe, the mystery of what exactly James Webb finds, may surprise you, and perhaps interest you in further studying this fascinating topic. Regardless, you can spend a minute and a half of your time relaxing and enjoy an exciting flight into a distant early spatial formation, complemented by the magic of scientific discoveries.

Earlier we reported on how Stephan’s Quintet managed to be heard and seen in 3D.

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