Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist
This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn’t exist at all. It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.
“The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks,” said UCLA astrophysicist Alice Shapley in a press release. “Our first thought was, why is this one so different, and so beautiful?”
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I really want to say something about this being the work of the time lords.. but eh, go science
Simple Unpretentious Moss
Soft, green, peaceful. Never underestimate the beauty of the small. Botanically, mosses are tiny plants that absorb water and nutrients mainly through their leaves and harvest sunlight to create food. They differ from vascular plants in lacking water-bearing vessels. Mosses reproduce using spores, not seeds and have no flowers. And they also look stunning on rocks and rotting wood.