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Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
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ScienceShot: Hubble Spies Oldest Galaxies Yet
8 January 2013 3:30 pm
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA—Buried in this image of a minute patch of the night sky are remote galaxies so faint (marked by diamonds, above) that it took the Hubble Space Telescope more than 100 hours to register their feeble light. Obtained last fall, the Ultra Deep Field 2012 provides astronomers with the deepest view yet of the very early universe. An analysis of the observed properties of the most distant objects, presented here on Monday at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, indicates that there must be a huge, unobserved population of even fainter galaxies. The energy of newborn stars in these primordial galaxies was responsible for heating up the cold hydrogen gas in intergalactic space, just a few hundred million years after the big bang. Astronomers expect that the future James Webb Space Telescope, due to be launched in 2018, will succeed in actually imaging these faint objects, so stay tuned for an even deeper field.
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