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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 just 670 million years after the big bang. The findings, described this week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, reveal a surprisingly bright and active galaxy that could shed light on what the universe, now 13.8 billion years old, was like in its formative years. This study adds to mounting evidence that many young galaxies in the early universe were much more rambunctious than scientists once realized, said astrophysicist Steven Finkelstein of the University of Texas at Austin. “The average galaxy should be forming fewer and fewer stars, but we're finding a...

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