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A Most Precocious Galaxy

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1627

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Astronomers have found the most distant galaxy yet, lying so far out in the expanding universe that the wavelengths of its light have been stretched more than sixfold. The light astronomers are now seeing the galaxy less than a billion years after the universe formed, so it may offer a faint, smudgy portrait of a galaxy in its infancy.