In the Star-Telegram’s Jan. 8 edition, we were told: “The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13.2 billion years ago.” Also: “Because light travels nearly 6 trillion miles a year, as telescopes look farther from Earth, they see earlier into the past.” (See: “Images offer a glimpse of the ‘cosmic dawn,’ Jan. 8)
The clear implication from this is that the Hubble has now seen objects 13.2 billion light-years away, so we are seeing space as it existed virtually just moments after the big bang (“cosmic dawn”). Yet there are already “galaxies” in existence.
Are we supposed to believe that the universe went from nothing but hydrogen atoms spewing away to formation of whole galaxies in some mere 0.1 billion years? Don’t the telescope’s pictures rather suggest that the whole star formation from big bang hypothesis is suspect?
And what if the Hubble’s images just keep on coming from farther and farther away? What will big bang theorists say then?
— Thomas F. Harkins Jr., Fort Worth