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New Discovery Says The Universe Possibly Has 10 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought

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We’ve all heard about the scientific estimates that we have about 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the universe.

While that already sounds pretty mind-blowing in itself, it’s absolutely got nothing on this recent data acquired via the Hubble.

According to scientists, new calculations are telling us that there we have at least 2 trillion galaxies out there – that’s about 10 times higher than estimates of the past.

According to a new discovery, there are at least 2 trillion galaxies out there – that’s 10 times more than previous estimates.

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Source: via popsci

In a statement, Christopher Conselice, co-author of the study, marveled:

“It boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied.”

A Popular Science article also tells us that Conselice shared how his team made the overwhelming calculation. The blog wrote:

“Last year, the group came up with a formula for explaining how galaxies are distributed by size. Monstrously huge galaxies are very rare, while there are a vast number of very small galaxies. Medium-sized galaxies are medium common.”

“Analyzing the number of faint galaxies that can be seen with the Hubble space telescope, Conselice’s team determined that there must be an astronomical number of galaxies that we can’t currently see. The team estimates that are at least 10 times more galaxies than previously estimated.”

“Over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied,” said Christopher Conselice, co-author of the study.

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In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched and it is hoped that it will be helpful in exploring yet-to-be-discovered galaxies. Additional information obtain can be extremely beneficial in explaining the nature of galaxies.

Conselice remarked:

“They’re the most common galaxies, and so when we start looking at them in the early universe, we’ll get some idea of how typical galaxies form, as opposed to the big, bright galaxies we can see now with Hubble, which are sort of the monsters, rarities, that may have unusual formation paths.”

H/T: PopSci

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