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Glow Reveals Early Star Nurseries

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 320
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.320

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In images made by the world's first submillimeter camera, astronomers have seen signs of galaxies undergoing frenzied star formation when the universe was a fraction of its present age. According to one team member, the observation implies that astronomers studying visible light "have only seen about a fifth of the star formation in the early universe."