NASA’s ‘Sparky’ picture is from farthest reaches of space

(CNN/NASA) — Meet “Sparky”! That’s the nickname astronomers have given this incredible discovery in the farthest reaches of space. You’re looking at a new image of what’s called a galaxy construction — seen by the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, as well as observatories on the ground.

Scientists say this is a dense collection of millions of rapidly-forming stars. The galaxy construction is so far away that the light we’re seeing now took 11 billion years to reach Earth.

Astronomers say the cluster will give new insight into how stars, galaxies, and the entire universe formed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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