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It might not look like much, but this image represents one of the most distant objects astronomers have ever seen, 12.9 billion light years away.
It is a "Lyman-alpha blob" and is 55,000 light years across - as large as present-day galaxies.
Though younger such blobs have been found, "Himiko" confounds the idea that such large objects grew more recently by the merger of smaller ones.
The research will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.