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Is This the Most Distant Galaxy Ever Seen by Humans?

It may not look like much, but that fuzzy red orb may be light from the most distant galaxy ever seen, and the light coming from it has traveled 13.2 billion light years. That means that the light now reaching us shone from that galaxy when our Universe, now some 13.7 billion years old, was just (“just”) 500 million years old. According to a new paper in Nature, this galaxy may have emerged less than 200 million years after the Big Bang. By studying it further, scientists hope to gain new clues about the Universe’s earliest stars and galaxies, whose formation ended the starless period astronomers refer to as the cosmic dark ages.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

theatlantic:

Is This the Most Distant Galaxy Ever Seen by Humans?

It may not look like much, but that fuzzy red orb may be light from the most distant galaxy ever seen, and the light coming from it has traveled 13.2 billion light years. That means that the light now reaching us shone from that galaxy when our Universe, now some 13.7 billion years old, was just (“just”) 500 million years old. According to a new paper in Nature, this galaxy may have emerged less than 200 million years after the Big Bang. By studying it further, scientists hope to gain new clues about the Universe’s earliest stars and galaxies, whose formation ended the starless period astronomers refer to as the cosmic dark ages.

Read more. [Image: NASA]

Posted
September 19, 2012
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