By Michael Rundle:
Cosmic Dawn: Hubble Telescope Photographs Oldest Galaxy Ever Found In The Universe
13/12/2012 08:58 GMT
Astronomers have photographed what could be the most ancient galaxy ever spotted in the universe.
The picture is said to capture the “cosmic dawn” when the first true galaxies formed after the initial creation of the universe.
Images taken with the Hubble Space Telescopehave captured galaxies which are thought to have existed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.
The galaxy – given the catchy moniker UDFj-39546284 – formed within 380 million years of the universe itself, researchers said.
Six other distant galaxies captured by Hubble existed within 600 million years of the universe’s creation, it is thought. Light from the galaxies has taken more than 13 billion years to reach the Earth.
They were photographed using an infrared camera to study the Hubble Ultra Deep…
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