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Strange New "Species" of Ultra-Red Galaxy Discovered

1 Dec 2011, 14:17 UTC
Strange New "Species" of Ultra-Red Galaxy Discovered David A. Aguilar (CfA)

December 01, 2011: In the distant reaches of the universe, almost 13 billion light-years from Earth, a strange species of galaxy lay hidden. Cloaked in dust and dimmed by the intervening distance, even the Hubble Space Telescope couldn't spy it. It took the revealing power of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to uncover not one, but four remarkably red galaxies. And while astronomers can describe the members of this new "species," they can't explain what makes them so ruddy.

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