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October 23, 2013 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-39

Galaxy Found in Hubble Survey Has Farthest Confirmed Distance


Image: Hubble CANDELS Field Image with Galaxy z8_GND_5296

Hubble CANDELS Field Image with Galaxy z8_GND_5296STScI-PRC2013-39

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This image from the Hubble Space Telescope CANDELS survey highlights the most distant galaxy in the universe with a definitively measured distance, dubbed z8_GND_5296. The galaxy's red color alerted astronomers that it was likely extremely far away, and thus seen at an early time after the Big Bang. A team of astronomers measured the exact distance using the Keck I telescope with the new MOSFIRE spectrograph. They found that this galaxy is seen at about 700 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was just 5 percent of its current age of 13.8 billion years.

Object Names: z8_GND_5296, CANDELS/GOODS-N field

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, V. Tilvi (Texas A&M University), S. Finkelstein (University of Texas, Austin), and C. Papovich (Texas A&M University)