WASHINGTON — Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is the farthest from us in distance and time ever seen. It's from 13.1 billion years ago, and is among the universe's first generation of galaxies.
Yale and University of California Santa Cruz scientists used three different telescopes to spot and then calculate the age of the blurry infant galaxy. By measuring how the light has shifted, they determined the galaxy, called EGS-zs8-1, is from about 670 million years after the Big Bang.
Astronomer Garth Illingworth of the University of California Santa Cruz said the galaxy was itself only about 100 million years old and was giving birth to stars at a hectic pace.
The galaxy is 13.1 billion light-years away, in the constellation Bootes. A light-year is 5.8 trillion miles.