And still even more -- to the beginnings of everything.
Japanese scientists have reportedly peered through time, pinpointing what may be the oldest galaxy ever discovered.
If you're calculating the distance, it's about 12.91 billion light years from where you're reading this -- though start your journey soon, because a single light year is about 9.66 trillion km.
The greater the distance, the further back the elements can be traced to the formation of the heavens beyond us -- a sort of scientific portal through time.
Their revelations are almost impossible for average people who casually look to the stars to understand -- unless, on weekends, you regularly dabble in Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies and are excited that this particular galaxy has a 'z' vale equal to 7.213.
But Canadian astronomer Eric Briggs, a Toronto-based member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, calls the announcement, which will be published in the Astrophysical Journal: "Cutting edge science."
The Japanese team from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan used super telescopes perched on the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
Their discovery, among many similar ones made in recent years as new facilities and tools come on line, is apparently the most "watertight" so far, as one expert explained to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper.
Canadian astronomer Briggs anticipates it's just one announcement of many that will come from an American Astronomical Society conference underway in Anchorage, Alaska.
"I expect lots of news stories about other groundbreaking papers being written this week," he explains, saying they not only educate the public but also demonstrate where funding dollars are spent.
And he believes the paper from the Japanese team should be seen in a wider context, to the many scientists around the globe who are co-ordinating efforts and research to inch closer to the dawn of the universe.