By Irene Klotz
Wed Oct 20, 2010 01:00 PM ET
* The earliest known astronomical object is a galaxy appearing about 600 million years after the universe formed.
* The previously known most distant object was a short-lived gamma ray burst.
* The newly discovered galaxy is interesting to astrophysicists trying to understand how these early objects changed gas in interstellar space.
This is beyond cool.
I know, I'm a total geek.