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NASA Great Observatories Find Candidate for Most Distant Galaxy Yet Known

15 Nov 2012, 18:00 UTC
NASA Great Observatories Find Candidate for Most Distant Galaxy Yet Known

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By combining the power of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope,
and one of nature's own natural "zoom lenses" in space, astronomers have set a new
distance record for finding the farthest galaxy yet seen in the universe. The diminutive blob, which is only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way galaxy, offers
a peek back into a time when the universe was 3 percent of its present age of 13.7 billion
years. The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is observed 420 million years
after the big bang. Its light has traveled 13.3 billion years to reach Earth.

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