See that teeny, tiny barely visible dot in the picture below? That is officially the most distant galaxy ever detected in the Universe, at a mind-boggling 13 billion light years away from Earth.
Sure makes you feel like we are a tiny, insignifigant micro-speck in a vast, wild Universe, doesn’t it? I think Douglas Adams said it best… “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
Check out the BBC article for a detailed explanation of how astronomers discovered UDFy-38135539 (great name for a galaxy) and measured it’s distance from us. It’s a lot of cool sounding science that I can’t even pretend to understand.