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Ancient galaxies imaged
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Author:  brian livesey [ Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Ancient galaxies imaged

By using multiple observatories across the globe, astrophysicists have imaged 39 supermassive galaxies that formed during the early Universe. Their existence defies current models of the universe.
Tao Wang, a researcher at the University of Tokyo, said: "This is the first time that such a large population of massive galaxies has been confirmed during the first two billion years of the 13.7 billion-year-life of the universe." The 39 galaxies are so faint that it was necessary to combine the apertures many telescopes.
Dr. Wang added: "It was tough to convince our peers these galaxies were as old as we suspected them to be." The new discoveries are reported in the journal NATURE.

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