Astronomers Discover Oldest, Most Distant Galaxy

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PostThu Sep 20, 2012 10:29 pm » by Evildweeb

Astronomers Discover Oldest, Most Distant Galaxy

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Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far, far, far, far away ...

Astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy in the universe—one that was formed when the universe was in infantile 500 million years old.

Finding such a primordial galaxy is no easy feat, as the light from such an ancient source is so dim. But a combination of human engineering and cosmic physics coaxed the remote illumination out into the open. Scientists employed the Hubble Space Telescope and a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. Super large objects in space, like giant galactic clusters, are so massive that they bend the fabric of space-time like a lens. Using Hubble to fix on such a cluster, the researchers found the farthest flung galaxy behind it magnified by a factor of 15.

Telescopes are being designed to search for even older galaxies. But for now, this distant cosmic cousin helps close a little more of the gap between here and there.

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PostThu Sep 20, 2012 10:34 pm » by Richc

Of course if our Universe is like a bubble and light travels round the surface of that bubble then they could actually be looking at the arse end of our own Milky way.. :lol:

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PostFri Sep 21, 2012 2:16 am » by Dagnamski


a blob :headscratch:
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PostFri Sep 21, 2012 2:19 am » by Newdawnrising

It has been described as Perfect! :flop: Thanks Evil
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