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Astronomers spot galaxy forming billions of years ago

February 13, 2008

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— Astronomers took pictures of a far-off lumpy galaxy just forming 13 billion years ago, putting it among the earliest and most distant cosmic objects ever photographed.

Though the black-and-white images are fuzzy, they are the most detailed and best confirmed look back in both time and distance that humans have seen, said Johns Hopkins University astronomy professor Holland Ford. He was part of a team of scientists taking the pictures with NASA's space telescopes, Hubble and Spitzer.

The galaxy, called A1689-zD1, is from when the universe was about 700 million years old, not long after the formation of the first galaxies.

And it's different from galaxies like our Milky Way, Ford said.

"It is much smaller. It is lumpy. It has two centers instead of one and it is undergoing extreme star formation," he said. "It is basically the building blocks for what will be a galaxy like our own in the future."

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Windlass 6 years, 2 months ago

Unless I'm mistaken, this galaxy was found in 2004.

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moderate1 6 years, 2 months ago

The wealth of knoledge the Hubble Telescope has provided has given us great insight into the universe and is worth every penny

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smitty 6 years, 2 months ago

GC(galaxy correct) was behind it's time.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Calling a galaxy lumpy is sort of judgemental, don't you think?

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scenebooster 6 years, 2 months ago

This constellation is a satanic mirage to fool people into thinking that the universe is older than 6,000 years.

Don't be fooled, good people of Earth!

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Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm not surprised that someone would come along and ruin this beauty of space with religious talk.

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spywell 6 years, 2 months ago

Made _in_China: Man shouldn't be so inflated as far a ego is concerned. Man has built his entire world and economy like a house of cards that will be someday blowed down with the wind. Crude oil from an oil well in the Middle-East will dictate how long man will continue to exist in his current choice of lifestyle as he now knows it.

Before man will accept all his gains as failures he will destroy all with violence and hunger. He will kill himself before accepting the hard life that living in the new world and the changes he has made for himself; brought about by greed.

The correction will be impossible to make now. One major earthquake with volcanic activity and the world will be in loss of its crude oil supply. Severed pipes in oil wells are impossible to fix. Trade will stop and winter will be long and hard with no food.

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bondmen 6 years, 2 months ago

The heavens reveal the power and majesty of our Creator God and His glory is seen through our eyes in what He has made. The more science learns as it looks deeper into space the more its theories change to try and explain what was heretofore considered impossible.

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Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

Fascinating; astronomy give us a sense of perspective. We are small potatoes in the universe, despite our inflated ego as a species.

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