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The galaxy named EGS8p7

Update : 2015-09-17 15:13:27
The galaxy named EGS8p7

A team of researchers from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has detected a 13.2-billion-years old galaxy which may be the most distant galaxy ever found.

The universe itself is about 13.8 billion years old.

“The galaxy we have observed is named EGS8p7, is unusually luminous and may be powered by a population of unusually hot stars,” says Sirio Belli, Caltech graduate student who worked on the project.

“It may have special properties that enabled it to create a large bubble of ionised hydrogen much earlier than is possible for more typical galaxies at these times,” he added.

Immediately after the Big Bang, the universe was a soup of charged particles and light (photons).

When the universe was just a half-billion to a billion years old, the first galaxies turned on and reionised the neutral gas.

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