Astronomy Digest – News From the Hubble Telescope


The European Space Agency’s Space Telescope has discovered six dead galaxies from the early universe.

zombie galaxy
zombie galaxy (click here for original source image)

This is the biggest discovery by a science team using space-based telescopes. It also just happens to be the first time that a telescope has directly detected a system of stars without a black hole. This makes this a major breakthrough in the field of astronomy and science as a whole.

The astronomers had noticed a slight wobble in the distribution of mass in the Large Distance Field (LDF), which is the universe’s largest space at the center. They were looking for another small cluster, which was not present in earlier catalogs. Using data from the Wide Energy Transient Survey telescope (WET), they saw a faint reddish glow in the distance which eventually became known as Barnard’s Star. It turns out to be the first of six dead galaxies which the telescope has found to have a large, wobbling central bulge.

Studying star formations further confirmed this finding, as it is not possible to see through clouds or to see infrared radiation. Whether the star formation is very compact like our own, or relatively thin like M dwarfs (which are much like our sun), this is still a very complicated system to study. It is quite possible that the stellar output has a non-uniform distribution, with some stars closer to the nucleus than others, and some at a great distance. If it is a spiral structure, it will be very similar to other spiral clusters we see in the Milky Way and may be quite common.