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How can cosmically distant objects be so far away?

General accepted science is that the ‘observable universe’ is limited by the distance light has travelled since the big bang. Therefore, the light from the furthest away objects have spent all of time getting to our observable point in space. How can an object be that far away: if it has taken all of time for the light to reach us, then how could the object have been put there so far away instantaneously at the beginning of time?
Chris Squires from County Derry (Age: 15-24)

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  1. The light from objects that are further away does indeed take longer to get to us than from nearby objects.

    However, observations also show us that these distant objects actually look younger than nearby objects. We are looking at the light that was sent out from these objects when they were much younger and so it has had time to reach us here, now.

    This is how astronomers have been able to assemble a working model of the universe’s history – it’s all out there to be seen if you know where (when) to look!

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