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2011-01-26 13:10:00

Astronomers have discovered a galaxy so far away that its light has taken 13.2 billion years to reach Earth. The cluster of stars, dust and gas was spotted by NASA's Hubble space telescope as it orbited Earth. The galaxy is so far away that scientists are observing it at a time when the universe was in its infancy, just 480 million years after the Big Bang. Dr. Garth Illingworth, professor of astronomy at the University of California Santa Cruz, said "We're getting back very close to the...

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2010-01-05 10:35:00

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has broken the distance limit for galaxies and uncovered a primordial population of compact and ultra-blue galaxies that have never been seen before. The deeper Hubble looks into space, the farther back in time it looks, because light takes billions of years to cross the observable universe. This makes Hubble a powerful "time machine" that allows astronomers to see galaxies as they were 13 billion years ago, just 600 million to 800 million years after the Big...

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2008-02-12 09:05:00

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, with a boost from a natural "zoom lens," have uncovered what may be one of the youngest and brightest galaxies ever seen in the middle of the cosmic "dark ages," just 700 million years after the beginning of our universe. The detailed images from Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) reveal an infant galaxy, dubbed A1689-zD1, undergoing a firestorm of star birth during the dark ages, a time shortly after the Big Bang...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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