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News Release 516 of 967

January 9, 2003 12:20 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-05

Scientists Find Faint Objects with Hubble that May Have Ended the Universe's 'Dark Ages'

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About the Object
Object Description: Galaxies at Redshift z = 6
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 43m 32s
Dec. +11° 40' 32"
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: Over 13 billion light-years (4,000 megaparsecs)
Dimensions: The ACS image is roughly 35 arcseconds (680,000 light-years or 210 kiloparsecs) in width.
About the Data
Note: The dataset used in this image is from the HST archive proposal 9575, Principal Investigator W. Sparks (STScI).
Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): April 28 to June 19, 2002
Exposure Time: 7 hours
Filters: F775W (i), F850LP (z)
Principal Astronomers: H.-J. Yan, R. Windhorst and S. Cohen (ASU)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, H.-J. Yan, R. Windhorst and S. Cohen (ASU)
Release Date: January 9, 2003
Orientation: Scientists Find Faint Objects with Hubble that May Have Completed the Universe's 'Dark Ages'