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Leonard E Parker

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Most distant spiral galaxy

Posted by Patrick Brady on July 30, 2012


CGCA member Prof. Dawn Erb was part of a team of astronomers who have discovered the universe’s oldest spiral galaxy. This cosmic structure is estimated to date back 10.7 billion years, and their research was recently published in Nature.

This galaxy could hold clues to how spiral galaxies first form. The observations were made using the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope. This exciting paper received considerable media attention around the globe.

Read the paper in the arXiv or the journal Nature. Learn more in the Keck press release.


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