A faint galaxy 1.3 billion light years away reveals what the early Universe looked like

Most scientific papers on the discovery of new galaxies are notable because they find something out of the ordinary. Now, a new galaxy has been discovered which is special because it is so average.

Astronomers from the University of California, Davis, who spotted the star cluster 13.1 billion light years away, say it is much more representative of galaxies from the time when compared to the usual bright objects found at such distances, meaning we can learn much more from it. “Other most distant objects are extremely bright and probably rare compared to other galaxies,” said Austin Hoag, lead author. “We think this is much more representative of galaxies of the time.”

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