Hubble finds a new contender for galaxy distance record

Astronomers have used Hubble to spot what they think is the furthest and one of the very earliest galaxies ever seen in the Universe. Candidate galaxy UDFj-39546284 appears in this greyscale image drawn from an ultra deep field exposure taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This is the deepest infrared image taken of the Universe. Astronomers believe that its light has taken 13.2 billion years to reach us. Spectroscopic confirmation that this is indeed the most distant galaxy ever seen is expected to come from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, which is planned for launch later this decade.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (University of California, Santa Cruz, and Leiden University) and the HUDF09 Team

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic1103c
Type:Observation
Release date:26 January 2011, 19:00
Related releases:heic1103
Size:885 x 877 px

About the Object

Name:UDFj-39546284
Type:Early Universe : Galaxy
Distance:z=10.0 (redshift)
Constellation:Fornax
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):3 32 39.54
Position (Dec):-27° 46' 28.43"
Field of view:0.02 x 0.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 49.5° left of vertical

Colours & filters

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

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