British physics professor and BBC broadcaster Brian Cox has highlighted some amazing facts and figures that exist in our universe.
“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records, the Universe, you would be very surprised by the most amazing things in space,” explains Brian Cox in a new video released this week.
Going through a long list of fascinating space records, Cox begins with the “heaviest compact object”, which is a supermassive black hole, one of which was recorded by NASA’s Spitzer space telescope three years ago. M87* at the center of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 4486 is known to be 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass six billion times greater than the Sun. The black hole could also enter the Record Books as the very first to be photographed in incredible detail. Although some do not agree with this.
Answering the question about the most distant confirmed galaxy, the physicist named Glass-z13. It is about 13.4 billion light-years away. Therefore, we look at this galaxy as it was 300 million years after the Big Bang. But taking into account the expansion of the universe, Glass-z13 is already at a distance of more than 33 billion light-years from Earth.
The distant galaxy was discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope, which itself broke its own record, since it has already become the clearest telescope of this type ever created. Since starting work this summer, Webb has already managed to transmit to Earth impressive images of the Universe in incredible detail.
As Cox notes, astronomers and scientists are constantly making new discoveries with the help of increasingly powerful equipment. And the newest James Webb Space Telescope will still amaze us with more and more impressive records that we don’t know about yet. We just need to find them by peering into the depths of the dark and mysterious universe.
Earlier we reported on how scientists discovered an object with the most powerful magnetic field in the universe.
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