Scientists detect faintest galaxy ever

New York, May 24 (IANS) An international team of scientists has detected and confirmed the faintest early-universe galaxy ever — a finding that can help explain how the “cosmic dark ages” ended. Using the WM Keck Observatory on the summit on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the researchers detected the galaxy as it was 13 billion years ago. According to Tommaso Treu, professor of physics and astronomy at University of California-Los Angeles, the discovery could be a step toward unraveling one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy — how a period known as the “cosmic dark ages” ended.

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