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A galaxy far, far, far away

Hubble telescope spies what may be most distant object ever observed

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4:14pm, January 26, 2011

Pushing the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits as a cosmic time machine, astronomers have identified what may be the most distant known object in the universe — a tiny galaxy estimated to lie 13.2 billion light-years from Earth and hail from a time only 480 million years after the Big Bang.

Astronomers put the odds at 20 percent that the faint galaxy either lies much closer to Earth than the observations suggest or is merely a spurious light signal, they report in the Jan. 27 Nature. But

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