Newfound Object Is Faintest Distant Galaxy Seen at Universe’s Edge

Newfound Object Is Faintest Distant Galaxy Seen at Universe’s Edge

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Astronomers have found the faintest galaxy yet seen in the deep, distant reaches of space, an object whose light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. The tiny galaxy, which existed about 800 million years after the Big Bang created the universe, is among the top 10 most distant objects known.

“This image is like a baby picture of this galaxy, taken when the universe was only 5% of its current age,” Arizona State University astronomer James Rhoads said in a statement. “Studying these very early galaxies is important because it helps us understand how galaxies form and grow.”

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