Astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen.
Light from the young galaxy—captured by NASA’s orbiting Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes—started its sojourn toward Earth when the now-13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old.
“This galaxy is the most distant object we have ever observed with high confidence,” says Wei Zheng, a principal research scientist in physics and astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University.
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