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Real Time Travellers!

Tanno and Iguda accidentally got launched to the far end of the Universe. The light from these places takes so long to reach Earth, that when telescopes look at really distant galaxies, we are looking back in time.

A Mere 420 million years

Tanno and Iguda landed up in a galaxy called MACS0647D. It’s so far away that when we see it here on Earth, the images show the galaxy when it was only 420 million years old. “Only”?!? Well, the Universe is 13.82 thousand million years old, so 420 million years is a very early time in the life of our Universe.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA

Distant and Early Universe Videos

“The Big Bang - Beginning of Everything” video on this page is shown courtesy of kurzgesagt.org who are an amazing science organisation, with some great stuff on their YouTube channel, and in their website shop!

How the Hubble Space Telescope sees 'back in time'

Image credit: ESA, NASA

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

A timeline for the universe!

You’re going to make a Timeline for the Universe. First you’ll need to think about what events to put on the Timeline. You could include that the Milky Way formed 310 million years after the Big Bang, or that the Earth was formed 9.28 billion years after the Big Bang. Human type animals first evolved on Earth about 6 million years ago. Do some research about other events in space to decide what to put on your six cards.

Your Task

Take a piece of string at least 1.5 metres long and hang it up. Mark a middle section with two marks, exactly 138.2 cm apart. This will be your Timeline for the Universe.

At the first mark, hang a card with the time and event: “0 years, Big Bang”. At the other end mark, hang a card that says, “13.82 billion years, today.”

Make at least six more cards to hang along your timeline. Each one should be placed at the correct position along from the start. You could include that the Milky Way formed 310 million years after the Big Bang, or that the Earth was formed 9.28 billion years after the Big Bang. Human type animals first evolved on Earth about 6 million years ago. Do some research about other events in space to decide what to put on your six cards.

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Great to see you here, thank you for the visit! See you next time …

Tanno & Iguda