n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Clearing the Cosmic Fog : the most distant Galaxy ever measured : news notes




A European team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has measured the distance to the most remote galaxy so far. By carefully analyzing the very faint glow of the galaxy they have found that they are seeing it when the Universe was only about 600 million years old (a redshift of 8.6). These are the first confirmed observations of a galaxy whose light is clearing the opaque hydrogen fog that filled the cosmos at this early time.


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