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August 5, 2009 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-24

Astronomers Find Hyperactive Galaxies in the Early Universe

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About the Object
Object Name: 1255-0 (1256-151, 1256-0)
Object Description: Distant Galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 12h 54m 59s.59
Dec. +01° 11' 29".7
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 11 billion light-years or 3.4 billion parsecs
Redshift z = 2.2
About the HST Data
Data Description: Science results are from Hubble data from proposal 10808: P. van Dokkum and S. Toft (Yale University), M. Kriek (Princeton University), M. Franx (University of Leiden, Netherlands), R. Quadri (Yale University), G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), D. Marchesini (Yale University), and G. Rudnick (University of Kansas).
Instrument: NICMOS
Exposure Date(s): March 16, 2007
Exposure Time: 2.1 hours
Filters: F160W (H)
About the Gemini Data
Science Team: The Gemini observations science team comprises: M. Kriek (Princeton University), P. van Dokkum (Yale University), I. Labbé (Carnegie Observatories), M. Franx (University of Leiden, Netherlands), G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), D. Marchesini (Yale University), and R. Quadri (University of Leiden, Netherlands).
Instrument: Gemini Near Infrared Spectrograph (GNIRS)
Exposure Date(s): May 2005, February 2006, and March 2007
Exposure Time: 29 hours
Wavelengths: 3000-7500 angstroms
About this Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. van Dokkum (Yale University)
Release Date: August 5, 2009