Comparison of Milky Way with Compact Galaxy in Early Universe

Comparison of Milky Way with Compact Galaxy in Early Universe

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News release ID: STScI-2009-24
Release Date: Aug 5, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration compares the Milky Way with a compact galaxy in the early universe.

Looking almost 11 billion years into the past, astronomers have measured the motions of stars for the first time in a very distant galaxy. They are whirling at a speed of one million miles per hour – about twice the speed of our Sun through the Milky Way. The galaxies are a fraction the size of our Milky Way, and so may have evolved over billions of years into the full-grown galaxies seen around us today.


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Distant Galaxies, Exotic, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations

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NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)