There has been some unbelievable news from a group of scientists from the University of Nottingham, who has said there are ten times more galaxies than humans previously thought. The project has been dubbed an “intergalactic archaeological dig.”
Back in the 90s, using the Hubble images, scientists believed there were 100-200 billion galaxies, a huge number, but way off the mark.
The Nottingham team, overseen by Christopher Conselice, concedes this was a huge underestimation and used 3-D modelling of the Hubble images to come to this new figure.
The geniuses used complex mathematical models to calculate the existence of galaxies that we currently can’t capture using our most powerful telescopic equipment.
The true figure is actually in excess of two TRILLION: 2,000,000,000,000. More zeros than most people, including us, can handle.
Professor Conselice said: “This is very surprising as we know that, over the 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution since the Big Bang, galaxies have been growing through star formation and mergers with other galaxies.
“Finding more galaxies in the past implies that significant evolution must have occurred to reduce their number through extensive merging of systems.
“It boggles the mind that over 90 per cent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied.
“Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we observe these galaxies with the next generation of telescopes?”