Another record breaker: ultra-deep image reveals ultra-distant galaxy

From NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope press release:

Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits by finding what they believe is the most distant object ever seen in the universe. Its light traveled 13.2 billion years to reach Hubble. The dim object is a compact galaxy (UDFj-39546284) of blue stars that existed 480 million years after the Big Bang, only four percent of the universe’s current age. It is tiny. Astronomers were surprised to discover that these observations offer evidence that the rate at which the universe was forming stars grew precipitously in about a 200-million-year time span. This huge change in the rate of star birth means that if astronomers can probe a little further back in time they are going to see even more dramatic changes. This will require the power of the James Webb Space Telescope, the planned successor to Hubble, which will be launched later this decade.

You can find more details in the Bad Astronomer’s article.

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  1. This interactive image is absolutely incredible … WOW ! I would love to have this for my blog and website ..

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