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A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang

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A magnified young galaxy from about 500 million years after the Big Bang

Stephanie Jouvel, Ole Høst, Ofer Lahav & Co-authors

Nature Letters, 489, 406–408 (2012)

Dark energy camera records first images

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Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, in the Fornax cluster of galaxies, which lies about 60 million light years from Earth. Credit: Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.

Eight billion years ago, rays of light from distant galaxies began their long journey to Earth. On 12 September, that ancient starlight found its way to a mountaintop in Chile, where the newly-constructed Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful sky-mapping machine ever created, captured and recorded it for the first time.

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