GN-z10-2 in the GOODS-N field

This image shows an ultra-bright young galaxy known as GN-z10-2, discovered in the Hubble GOODS North field (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey).

Researchers found four unusually red objects, including GN-z10-2, that appear as they existed just 500 million years after the Big Bang. They appear red because their light has been stretched to longer infrared wavelengths by the expansion of the Universe. These extremely compact and bright galaxies present a puzzle to researchers because they are much more luminous than anything previously seen at such an early epoch. The young galaxies are bright because they are forming stars at a much faster rate than for other galaxies found at such early times.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz; Yale University), R. Bouwens and I. Labbé (Leiden University), and the Science Team

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1405f
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 2014, 12:47
Size:816 x 816 px

About the Object

Name:GN-z10-2, GOODS North Field
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy
• Early Universe : Cosmology
Constellation:Ursa Major

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 37 22.77
Position (Dec):62° 14' 22.24"
Field of view:0.03 x 0.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 44.9° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Y
1.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
JH
1.4 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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