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New Images Show Earliest Galaxies Forming at the Edge of the Universe

 

By studying images of the faintest galaxies ever detected, astronomers at the University of Durham have shown that galaxies formed when the universe was only 20-30 % of its present age - earlier than expected according to some popular cosmological theories. Members of the Durham Cosmology Group, led by Dr Tom Shanks, combined data from the Hubble Space Telescope - the 'Hubble Deep Field' - with new pictures from the 4.2-metre William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in the Canary Islands and from the 3.8-metre UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) on Hawaii. These new pictures have penetrated the depths of space further than any previous pictures taken with ground-based telescopes. The results are published in the scientific journal 'Nature' on 19 September 1996 (vol. 383, p. 236).

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