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Hubble Spots Record-Breaking Galaxy

Hubble Spots Record-Breaking Galaxy

The latest discovery from the Hubble Telescope marks a new record for observational distance as the device spotted a galaxy residing at a whopping 13.4 billion light years from Earth.

Dubbed 'GN-z11,' the cluster of stars is also the oldest galaxy observed by Hubble.

From the perspective of the vaunted telescope, GN-z11 appears as it did 400 million years after the Big Bang.

The find constitutes the very limit of how far Hubble can observe into distant space and it is amazingly close to the origins of the universe.

"When the telescope was launched we were investigating galaxies a little over half-way back in cosmic history. Now, we're going 97% of the way back. It really is a tremendous achievement," astronomer Pascal Oesch told the BBC.

Astronomers expect Hubble's successor, the James Webb Telescope, to see even further and could possibly observe up to 99% of the way back into cosmic space time.

Source: BBC

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