Galaxies, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are spiral-shaped, like a pinwheel, while others are more elliptical, like a football. Some are big and beefy, while others are small and petite. Some galaxies have more stars than others, like a supermodel with a bigger entourage, while others are star-deprived, like a lonesome cowboy. Some galaxies are constantly forming new stars, like a factory on overdrive, while others have shut down production, like a ghost town. Some are bright and shiny, like a disco ball, while others are dim and dull, like a candle in the wind. Some are located closer to us, like a next-door neighbor, while others are farther away, like a distant relative. Some are ancient, like a dinosaur, while others are relatively young, like a teenager.
And just like people, galaxies are always evolving and changing; some are in their prime, some are winding down, and others are just starting out. So, the next time you look up at the sky, remember that galaxies, like people, are all unique and special in their own way.
An extraordinary diversity of galaxies in the Early Universe
We all might be tempted to believe that during the early phases of our Universe, the majority of galaxies had pretty much the same simplistic shapes. But observations coming from the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope of NASA have shown the opposite.
Our early universe was incredibly diverse and evolved ⬇️https://t.co/MORmA80nHh
— Live Science (@LiveScience) January 17, 2023
The Early Universe is like the wild, wild west of space and time. It’s the time and place when everything was just getting started. It’s the era when the first stars and galaxies were just forming, like a baby taking its first steps. It’s a time when the Universe was still a hot, dense, and chaotic place, like a crowded and rowdy saloon. It’s the time before the Universe had cooled down and expanded when everything was packed together like sardines in a can.