NASA announced today that the Hubble telescope has discovered the most distant galaxy ever seen – ever – in the entire universe. NASA reports that “the object’s light traveled 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble, roughly 150 million years longer than the previous record holder. The age of the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years. The tiny, dim object is a compact galaxy of blue stars that existed 480 million years after the big bang.” Cool stuff. You can read the whole story, and see the photos, at the NASA website.
With two little boys (and one big one), the discovery is causing much excitement around here, and so we decided to make chocolate-coconut Sputniks as an after school snack, just to celebrate the incredible possibilities of outer space.
As kids, we made these no-bake cookies all the time – feel free to add finely chopped dried fruits, nuts and seeds to the oat mixture, or try some crushed dry cereal for crunch.
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Mix the oats, sugar, and cocoa together in a bowl. Add the butter, chocolate and vanilla and mix until well blended.
Put the coconut into a shallow bowl. Roll the chocolate mixture into balls the size of a walnut, and roll in the coconut mixture to coat. Set aside to cool until set, or refrigerate if you’d like them firmer. Makes lots.
Photo credit: istockphoto.com/Ockra