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Hubble telescope shedding new light on the early universe

The first photographs from NASA's newly upgraded Hubble telescope have been used to discover the oldest galaxies known to date. Ross Mclure and James Dunlop of the University of Edinburgh posted their findings on September 15th "“ alongside the findings of teams from the University of Oxford and UC Santa Cruz. Despite ongoing investigation into the data, all involved are in agreement that the galaxies are up to the record breaking 13.1 billion light years away and are from the early universe, only 600 to 700 million years after the big bang.A riddle has been unearthed that explains why the galaxies pictured seemed to be producing stars at such a slow rate. This contradicts the common assumption that the huge amounts of ultraviolet light supposedly produced during this process at earlier stages in the universe was responsible for a critical milestone in the history of the universe - the second wave of hydrogen atoms splitting.Its an exciting time for all those involved: the findings could, fundamentally change the accepted view of the early universe - both in terms of galaxy composition and quantity. New data originating from the orbiting telescope is pouring in day by day and there is a high probability that this mystery could be solved.
George Fergusson


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