Hubble Spots The Farthest Galaxy Ever Seen - GN-z11

Posted: Mar 4 2016, 1:55am CST | by , Updated: Mar 6 2016, 8:37pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Hubble Spots the Farthest Galaxy ever Seen
Hubble: Distant Galaxy GN-z11 in GOODS North Survey

The Hubble Telescope set a new galactic distance record.

An international team of astronomers has set a new cosmic distance record with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble spotted a galaxy named GN-z11. This bright, infant galaxy is seen as it was 13.4 billion years in the past.

The astronomers saw it as it existed just 400 million years after the big bang, when the universe was only three percent of its current age. At a spectroscopically confirmed redshift of 11.1, the galaxy is even farther away than originally thought.

It existed only 200 million to 300 million years after the time when scientists believe the very first stars started to form. At a billion solar masses, it is producing stars surprisingly quickly for such an early time. Hubble has released all details of this new achievement on the Hubble site.

This new record will most likely stand until the launch of Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, which will look even deeper into the universe for early galaxies.

The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to be launched in October of 2018.

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