We have no idea why these galaxies grew so large so soon
Five full-sized galaxies have been detected at the edge of the visible universe, reported Science Now. This continues a trend over the last few years where astronomers have been detecting old objects at young ages (e.g., 07/25/2007, 09/24/2006, 08/18/2006, 03/31/2006). “The galaxies, which are forming stars very rapidly, are big for their age, meaning that astronomers might have to rethink current ideas about galaxy formation.”
Rethinking looms big as a theme in the article. The first stars were supposed to coalesce slowly into the first galaxies, but “this process was supposed to take billions of years.” A team using data from Hubble, Spitzer and Keck telescopes confirmed these are Milky Way sized galaxies, not small members of a cluster. “We have no idea why these galaxies grew so large so soon,” remarked Giovanni Fazio of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “I think we still have a lot new to learn about what’s happening in the early universe,”
This is not a surprise to creationists. It is a surprise to big-bang secular cosmologists. We hope the astronomers will rethink current ideas, but for significant progress, they will have to think outside the bang.