Astronomers have found the oldest galaxy they have ever seen. The Galaxy is believed to be 13.1 billion years old, which makes it the oldest thing ever discovered in space.
According to the Associated Press, the galaxy was hidden in a Hubble Telescope photo released early this year. It’s just a small smudge of light in the photo, but European astronomers have determined that it is a galaxy from more than 13 billion years ago.
In fact, the galaxy is so old that it probably doesn’t even exist in its earlier form anymore.
Richard Ellis, an astronomy professor from the California Institute of Technology said:
“We’re looking at the universe when it was a 20th of its current age. In human terms, we’re looking at a 4-year-old boy in the life span of an adult.”
The new galaxy doesn’t have a name, but astronomers refer to it as the high red-shift blob.