Oldest, most distant galaxy found

Its light comes from a time shortly after the Big Bang

By Ashley Yeager, 18:42 PM November 1, 2013

Astronomers have identified the most distant galaxy known. Named z8_GND_5296, it appears in a patch of sky near the Great Bear constellation. It’s so distant that its light took 13 billion years to reach Earth. So what scientists see is what the object would have looked like just 700 million years after the Big Bang. That is when our universe came into being.

Steven Finkelstein of the University of Texas at Austin and his colleagues discovered the new object. They described it October 23 in Na...

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