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Gemini Discovers Intense Star Forming Galaxy in Early Universe

Recent observations by Dr. James Rhoads (STScI) and a team of astronomers using GMOS on Gemini North reveals a galaxy 12.8 billion light-years away (z=6.535) undergoing a burst of star formation unlike any yet seen at this distance. The results of this work show that faraway galaxies in the young universe can help scientists probe conditions less than a billion years after the Big Bang. More information here

Illustration courtesy of WMAP

Timeline showing the 13.7 billion year period from today to the beginning of the universe. The Gemini observations of the distant galaxy from the NOAO LALA Survey represents the universe when it was only about 850 million years old as indicated on the left side of this illustration.


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