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ASU astronomers discover faintest distant galaxy

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posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 11:49 AM
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Astronomers at Arizona State University have found an exceptionally distant galaxy, ranked among the top 10 most distant objects currently known in space. Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object about 800 million years after the beginning of the universe, when the universe was in its infancy.


So the light that we actually see from it is 800.000.000 years old!!


I can't imagine today what this galaxy looks like, and what kind of living species there are on its exoplanets.


This is a false color image of the galaxy LAEJ095950.99+021219.1 . In this image, blue corresponds to optical light (wavelength near 500 nm), red to near-infrared light (wavelength near 920 nm), and green to the narrow range of wavelengths admitted by the narrow bandpass filter (around 968 nm). LAEJ095950.99+021219.1 appears as the green source near the center of the image cutout. The image shows about 1/6000 of the area that was surveyed. Credit: James Rhoads

This little green dot is the most distant galaxy, 13 billion light-years away...


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posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 12:15 PM
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The vastness of the universe is why I want to become an astronomer.



posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by elevenaugust

So the light that we actually see from it is 800.000.000 years old!!



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NO not 800 million its taken 13 billion years to get here!



posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 12:23 PM
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Wow, this is interesting.
Just a remark, tha article state that "Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object about 800 million years after the beginning of the universe". So, the light would be much older, it is the age of the universe minus 800 000 000.



posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 01:03 PM
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Originally posted by Romanian
Wow, this is interesting.
Just a remark, tha article state that "Light from the recently detected galaxy left the object about 800 million years after the beginning of the universe". So, the light would be much older, it is the age of the universe minus 800 000 000.

Yes, you're right and thanks for the correction!


So the age of the universe is 13.75 +/- 0.11 billion years, minus 800 million years, the galaxy is almost 13 billion years old!!



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