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January 13, 2011

Distant Galaxy Cluster Found

An international team of astronomers have found a set a galaxies that are in the early stages of becoming a galaxy cluster (a proto-galaxy). It has been named Cosmos-Aztec3 and it is located approximately 12.6 billion light-years away. As we have learned in class, due to this distance, these astronomers are watching this proto-galaxy form as it was 12.6 billion years ago. That's equivalent to watching a galaxy form only 1 billion years after the Big Bang!
Scientists can utilize this significant study to examine both how superclusters form in "real-time" and how galaxies interacted together in the early stages of our universe.

The full story can be found here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1346822/Distant-galaxy-cluster-COSMOS-AzTEC3-discovered-NASA-telesopes.html#

Posted by jeffkong at January 13, 2011 06:48 PM

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It is baffling to imagine 12.6 billion years ago. It is even more baffling to have the technology to be able to look back 12.6 billion years. Is this one of the farthest superclusters found to date?

Posted by: hartadam at January 18, 2011 12:02 PM

It could be one of the farthest superclusters found to date, but it can't be the farthest objects in space because how else would they have estimated the age of our galaxy.

Posted by: kevinzoe at January 25, 2011 12:15 AM

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