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The Oldest Stuff on (and Off) Earth!

By Becky Ferreira Aug 5, 2013

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GRB 090423

What better way to end the slideshow than with the oldest object ever detected, in the entire UNIVERSE? In 2009, scientists discovered an ancient gamma ray bursta quite literal blast from the past! The light from GRB 090423 took about 13 billion years to reach Earth, which makes it almost as old as the universe itself. So thoughtful of this cosmic old-timer to check out our end of the hood.

Tags: science, school, slideshows, space, nasa, earth, oldest

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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