This is an image of a Galaxy discovered back in 2010 called the Phoenix Galaxy. It is 7 Billion light years away. A light year is how far light will travel in one year. Light travels at 186,282 miles per second and to condense all the math down and make it easy that is the equivalent of 5.88 trillion miles per year, that’s One Year now multiply 5.88 trillion times 7 billion and you get… a really big number. needless to say I don’t think we’ll be visiting the Phoenix Galaxy anytime soon.
This is our home the Milkyway Galaxy. Of notable interest our galaxy produces new stars at the rate of about 2 per year. The Phoenix Galaxy produces about 740 stars per year which to date is far and away the most stars produced by a galaxy so far discovered.
Thinking about the immensity of the universe I am at once in awe and humbled. The privilege to be alive and part of a time where technology has progressed to the point of these incredible discoveries gives us a sense of the creative power unleashed. I take the idea of increasing my gas mileage on my car from say 17 mpg to perhaps 35 mpg and get a triumphant rush of adrenaline at the improved efficiency. Then I think about how far away we are looking into the universe and my mind collapses at the unfathomable smallness of me.