Hubble Spots Ancient Galaxy From Dawn of Time

Scientists on the hunt for the first galaxies formed after the universe’s creation have a new milestone -- an unexpectedly active galaxy that existed just 700 million years after the Big Bang.

Published On 10/23/2013
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The Hubble Space Telescope's eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) was assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the diameter of the full moon. | NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team