New Hubble CANDELS image of most distant known galaxy z8_GND_5296

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope CANDELS survey highlights the most distant galaxy in the Universe with a definitively measured distance, dubbed z8_GND_5296. The galaxy's red colour alerted astronomers that it was likely extremely far away, and thus seen at an early time after the Big Bang. A team of astronomers measured the exact distance using the Keck I telescope with the new MOSFIRE spectrograph. They found that this galaxy is seen at about 700 million years after the Big Bang, when the Universe was just 5 percent of its current age of 13.8 billion years.

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NASA, ESA, V. Tilvi (Texas A&M University), S. Finkelstein (University of Texas, Austin), and C. Papovich (Texas A&M University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1339a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 October 2013, 10:06
Size:2249 x 2712 px

About the Object

Name:CANDELS/GOODS-N field, z8_GND_5296
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy
• Early Universe : Cosmology
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Distance:z=7.51 (redshift)

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