Disk galaxies similar to our Milky Way were found to be more prevalent in the early universe than previously believed. (Image credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has made a remarkable discovery, finding over 1,000 galaxies in the early universe that closely resemble our Milky Way.

These disk galaxies, with their spiral arms, were thought to be rare due to violent galactic mergers,

but JWST revealed they were 10 times more common than previously believed, shedding new light on the mystery of galaxy formation.

This groundbreaking research challenges previous theories and suggests that galaxies like our own formed much earlier in the universe’s history.

Our presence in a spiral galaxy leads astronomers to generally presume favorable conditions for the emergence of life.

If this holds true, it’s conceivable that life might have originated earlier in the universe than initially believed.

By Chinedu

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