The Galaxy at the Beginning of the Universe

The galaxy EGS-zs8-1 sets a new distance record. An international team of astronomers have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5% of its present age. The team discovered an exceptionally luminous galaxy more than 13 billion years in the past and determined its exact distance from Earth. It is the most distant galaxy currently measured and is one of the brightest and most massive objects in the early universe. Age and distance are vitally connected in any discussion of the universe. The light we see from our Sun takes just eight minutes to reach us, while the light from distant galaxies we see via today’s advanced telescopes travels for billions of years before it reaches us — so we’re seeing what those galaxies looked like billions of years ago.

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