Most Distant Galaxy Ever Discovered (News)

Image: Infrared image of the UDFj-39546284 galaxy (the red spot on the picture)

Astronomers have spotted, of what they think as, the furthest and the earliest ever galaxies in the Universe yet discovered. Scientists think that it is about 13.2 billion light years away from Earth based on the object's colour. A spectroscopic confirmation has not yet been published yet. This galaxy, which is named UDFj-39546284, is believed to be a very small galaxy, which is about 1/100th of our Milky Way Galaxy.

This discovery is certainly a small step forward to know about the formative stages of the Universe after the Big Bang. The object appears as faint dot of starlight. The individual stars could not be resolved by the Hubble telescope, but the evidence shows that it is a compact galaxy with hot stars. The successor of the Hubble telescope, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which would be functional later this decade should provide more information about it. 

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