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New record! Astronomers nail down distance to the earliest galaxy yet
New record! Astronomers nail down distance to the earliest galaxy yet

A team of astronomers peering deep into the heavens has discovered the earliest, most distant galaxy yet, spotted a record-breaking 670 million years from the big bang. The findings, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters, reveal a surprisingly active, bright galaxy near the very dawn of the cosmos that could shed light on what the universe, now 13.8 billion years old, was really like in its young, formative years. “We’re actually looking back through 95% of all time to see this galaxy,” said study coauthor Garth Illingworth, an astronomer at UC Santa Cruz. “It’s really a galaxy in its infancy ... when the universe was in its infancy.” ...

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