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Astronomers Discover Oldest Galaxy Yet

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What’s the farthest we can see from Earth? Galaxy UDFy_38135539, 13.1 billion light years away, thanks to Europe’s Very Large telescope. Daily Mail reports:

Astronomers have discovered the oldest and most distant object in the universe – a galaxy so far away that its light has taken 13.1 billion years to reach the Earth.

The galaxy, which was spotted by Europe’s Very Large telescope in Chile, is the most remote cluster of stars, gas and dust ever measured.

It is so distant, scientists are observing it when the universe was in its infancy – aged just 00 million years old, or four per cent of its present age.

Dr. Nicole Nesvadba of the Institute of Space Astrophysics in Paris said: ‘Measuring the most distant galaxy so far is very exciting in itself, but the astrophysical implication of this detection are even more important.

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