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Infant Universe had a 'star factory'

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Paris - Light captured from when the Universe was still in its childhood has shown a massive galaxy that churned out nearly 3 000 stars per year, a rate 2 000 greater than our own Milky Way today, astronomers said on Wednesday.

The galaxy, called HFLS3, has a mass of stars nearly 40 billion times the mass of the Sun.

Its light, snared by a network of 12 telescopes, was emitted around 12.8 billion years ago, less than 900 million years after the birth of the cosmos, according to their study, published in Nature.

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