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Three NASA Telescopes Begin Hunt For Earliest Galaxies

by Elizabeth Howell April 3, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Talk about turning back time. Three NASA observatories — the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope — are all working together to look for the universe’s first galaxies. The project is called “Frontier Fields” and […]

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Found! Distant Galaxy Spotted Just 650 Million Years After Big Bang

by Elizabeth Howell February 10, 2014

Peering deep into the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of researchers have found an extremely distant galaxy. It was discovered in Abell 2744, a galaxy cluster. The galaxy (called Abell2744_Y1) was spotted at a time when it was just 650 million years after the universe-forming Big Bang (which makes it more than 13 […]

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Greedy Galaxies Gobbled Gas, Stalling Star Formation Billions Of Years Ago

by Elizabeth Howell January 29, 2014

Like millionaires that burn through their cash too quickly, astronomers have found one factor behind why compact elliptical galaxies stopped growing stars about 11 billion years ago: they ate through their gas reserves. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Space Telescopes Look Back 13.2 Billion Years and See Surprisingly Luminous Galaxies

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2014

What was the Universe like more than 13 billion years ago, just 500 million years after the big bang? New data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveal some surprisingly bright galaxies that are about 10 to 20 times more luminous than anything seen previously in that epoch. Garth Illingworth from the University of […]

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Supersonic Starbirth Bubble Glows In Image From Two Telescopes

by Elizabeth Howell November 12, 2013

Talk about birth in the fast lane. Fresh observations of HH 46/47 — an area well-known for hosting a baby star — demonstrate material from the star pushing against the surrounding gas at supersonic speeds. Remove this ad Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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