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