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December 22, 2011

Rare Galaxy from ‘Dawn of Time’ Photographed

Filed under: Big Bang, Cool, Cosmology, Gamma Ray Bursts, Wierd — bferrari @ 4:36 pm
This image from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the Big Bang that created our universe. The galaxy's light took 12.9 billion years to reach us. The galaxy's discovery was announced on Dec. 21, 2011. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This image from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes shows one of the most distant galaxies known, called GN-108036, dating back to 750 million years after the Big Bang that created our universe. The galaxy's light took 12.9 billion years to reach us. The galaxy's discovery was announced on Dec. 21, 2011. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

An ancient galaxy that formed just after the birth of the universe has been photographed by telescopes on Earth and in space, and is the brightest galaxy ever seen at such remote distances, astronomers say.

The blob-shaped galaxy, called GN-108036, is about 12.9 billion light-years away and appears as it existed just 750 million years after the universe began. The universe, for comparison, is about 13.7 billion years old.

But the sheer distance to the galaxy isn’t the only thing to intrigue scientists. The galaxy is also creating stars at a furious pace, making it a rare cosmic find. NASA officials described the galaxy as shining from the “dawn of time,” with star formation inside it occurring at a “shockingly high rate.”

photo of the rare galaxy released by NASA shows the object as a red blob surrounded by other bright galaxies.

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