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ESO astronomers discover 72 new galaxies

By T.K. Randall
November 30, 2017 · Comment icon 3 comments

These galaxies date back to the earliest days of the universe. Image Credit: ESO/MUSE HUDF
The new galaxies date back 13 billion years to a time shortly after the formation of the universe.
The discovery was made using the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.

The galaxies were situated in a patch of sky previously investigated by the Hubble Space Telescope and were identified thanks to MUSE's ability to make observations across a range of wavelengths.

"MUSE can do something that Hubble can't - it splits up the light from every point in the image into its component colours to create a spectrum," said astrophysicist Roland Bacon.

"This allows us to measure the distance, colors and other properties of all the galaxies we can see - including some that are invisible to Hubble itself."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 5 years ago
Wow, great find. I like this from the article: From September 2003 to January 2004, the Hubble Space Telescope turned towards a tiny patch of sky in the Fornax constellation and captured a stunning 10,000 galaxies in an area less than two per cent of the area of the full moon. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Trelane 5 years ago
This is wonderful news.... Galactus Hungers!!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Back when words meant something.

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