Most Distant Galaxy as of Now, Discovered by the International Team of Astronomers

Oct 24, 2013 17:28 IST

The international team of astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, in the month of October 2013, detected the most distant galaxy as of now, entitled z8_GND_5296. The discovery was confirmed with the ground-based Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The newly discovered galaxy is around 30 billion light-years away and will help the scientists in knowing about that period which followed just immediately after the Big Bang.

Lead researcher from the University of Texas at Austin, US- Steven Finkelstein explained that this was the most distant galaxy. The galaxy is seen as it was 700 million years after the Big Bang.

About the newly discovered galaxy

• The galaxy is named z8_GND_5296.
• It is the most distant galaxy as of now.
• It is 30 billion light years away from the Earth.
• The galaxy is redder than the usual. Astronomers rated it as the red-shift.
• The researchers discovered that this galaxy had the red-shift of 7.51, which in turn, beat the previous record of 7.21 red-shift.
• The system of the galaxy is small- around 1-2 percent the overall mass of the Milky Way.
• The galaxy z8_GND_5296 is rich in the heavier elements.
• The most remarkable feature of this galaxy is that it is turning the gases as well as the dust into new stars at a faster pace.
• It is important to note that this is the second far-off galaxy which has the high star-production rate.

In the times to come, the astronomers will discover more galaxies after the launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

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