“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.” -Isaiah 40:26
A newly discovered, yet unnamed star system, nicknamed Phoenix, is believed to be the largest galaxy in the Universe.
The AP reports, August 15, 2012, that astronomers spotted the galaxy, using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray telescope. They published their findings in an article in the journal Nature, coauthored by MIT’s Michael McDonald and Harvard University’s Ryan Foley:
- The Phoenix galaxy produces 740 new stars each year, and more new stars a day than our Milky Way spawns in a year.
- It is about 5.7 billion light years away from Earth.
- The Phoenix galaxy is in the center of a cluster of galaxies that give off the brightest X-ray glow astronomers have ever seen.
- One strange thing is that the galaxy, although it is quite mature at about 6 billion years old, doesn’t behave like a mature galaxy. McDonald explains that mature galaxies usually are “red and dead” because “they don’t do anything new.” But the Phoenix galaxy “seems to have come back to life for some reason,” which is why the team of 85 astronomers nicknamed it “phoenix,” after the mythological bird that rises from its ashes.