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Science Results - The First Detection of Abundant Carbon in the Early Universe

5 Oct 2011, 19:00 UTC
Science Results - The First Detection of Abundant Carbon in the Early Universe

A research team of astronomers, mainly from Ehime University and Kyoto University in Japan, has successfully detected a carbon emission line (CIVλ1549) in the most distant radio galaxy known so far in the early universe. Using the Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) on the Subaru Telescope, the team observed the radio galaxy TN J0924-2201, which is 12.5 billion light years away, and was able to measure its chemical composition for the first time.

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