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

Meet "Sparky"! That's the nickname astronomers have given this incredible discovery in the farthest reaches of space. (CNN/NASA)
Meet "Sparky"! That's the nickname astronomers have given this incredible discovery in the farthest reaches of space. (CNN/NASA)

(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.

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