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12-13-2012, 03:31 PM
Space.com Headline:

Ancient Galaxy May Be Most Distant Ever Seen

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 12 December 2012 Time: 02:20 PM ET


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This new image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) 2012 campaign reveals a previously unseen population of seven faraway galaxies, which are observed as they appeared in a period 350 million to 600 million years after the big bang.
CREDIT: NASA, ESA, R. Ellis (Caltech), and the UDF 2012 Team
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Astronomers have spotted seven galaxies that existed just a few hundred million years after the universe's birth, including one that may be the oldest found to date.
The potential record-holding galaxy, known as UDFj-39546284, likely existed when the universe was just 380 million years old, researchers said, and may be the farthest galaxy ever seen. The other six distant galaxies all formed within 600 million years of the Big Bang (http://www.space.com/13336-universe-history-structure-evolution-infographic.html), which created our universe 13.7 billion years ago.
UDFj-39546284 was detected previously, and researchers had thought it formed just 500 million years or so after the Big Bang. The new observations, made using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (http://www.space.com/17-amazing-hubble-discoveries.html), push its probable formation time back even further.

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12-13-2012, 06:23 PM
Earlier this week, I watched a rerun of a Nova special on PBS about telescopes.

Hubble Deep Field shots are amazing.

Earth is less than a speck of sand on a beach in comparison to what is out there.