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June 26, 1996 04:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1996-24

Findings from Hubble Deep Field Hone in on Distant Galaxies

June 26, 1996: Astronomers analyzing the Hubble Deep Field — the faintest view of the universe taken with the Hubble telescope — may have identified what may prove to be the most distant objects observed to date.

Scattered among the nearly 2,000 galaxies in the Hubble images, which were taken in December 1995, researchers have found several dozen galaxies they believe exhibit characteristics which make them appear to be more distant than any seen previously. Six of the galaxies appear to be more distant than the farthest quasars, the current distance record holders. The arrow pinpoints one of those six galaxies.

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Credit: K. Lanzetta and A. Yahil (SUNY) and NASA