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NASA Telescopes Spy Ultra-Distant Galaxy Amidst Cosmic ‘Dark Ages’ | Space Industry News

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With the combined power of NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, as well as a cosmic magnification effect, astronomers have spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever seen. Light from the primordial galaxy traveled approximately 13.2 billion light-years before reaching NASA’s telescopes, shining forth from the so-called cosmic dark ages when the universe was just 3.6 percent of its present age.

Astronomers relied on gravitational lensing to catch sight of the early, distant galaxy. In this phenomenon, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, the gravity of foreground objects warps and magnifies the light from background objects.

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It's truly mind blowing to think of light that took 13.6 billion years to reach us.

I can barely fathom something that takes longer than a human lifetime to do. 

Brings new meaning to the phrase, "In the beginning... Let there be Light..."

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