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January 7, 2014 02:15 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-07

Hubble Unveils a Deep Sea of Small and Faint Early Galaxies

An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 7, 2014: Scientists have long suspected there must be a hidden population of small, faint galaxies that were responsible during the universe's early years for producing a majority of stars now present in the cosmos. At last Hubble has found them in the deepest ultraviolet-light exposures made of the early universe. This underlying population is 100 times more abundant in the universe than their more massive cousins that were detected previously.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and B. Siana and A. Alavi (University of California, Riverside)