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Astronomers Discover Oldest Observed Galaxy

Published by: Dave Simmons on 5th May 2015 | View all blogs by Dave Simmons

Astronomers Discover Oldest Observed Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered what they're calling the furthest observed galaxy from the Earth, and one of the oldest in existence.  Called EGS-zs8-1, the baby blue galaxy is 13.1 billion light-years from Earth, and is believed to be among the universe's earliest galaxies, formed an estimated 670 million years after the Big Bang.   EGS-zs8-1 was first spotted with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2013, but astronomers took months to confirm its age and distance from our own galaxy using the ground-based Keck Observatory.

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