Surprise: The Universe Contains 10x More Galaxies than We Thought!

Across the Universe

A not so long, long time ago, in the Milky Way galaxy, Earth’s scientists estimated that there were approximately 100-200 Billion galaxies in the universe. Thanks to the new data from the trusty Hubble telescope, that number has increased tenfold! As of today, scientists now calculate that there are actually 2 Trillion galaxies in the universe!

Scientists based this universe count off of Deep-Space surveys previously conducted by the Hubble Telescope and its observatories. From there, scientists converted these images into 3D representations and used new and improved mathematical models for the calculating this astronomical number. Through this careful process the scientists discovered that there was a huge amount of galaxies that were simply not visible to us yet.

Christopher Conselice, the co-author of the study out of University of Nottingham, stated that “It boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied. Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we discover these galaxies with future generations of telescopes?”

Soon enough, in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched and scientists are optimistic that it will be able to spot these previously undiscovered galaxies!