Massive red, dead galaxy spotted in young universe

Findings suggest need to reassess ideas about galaxy formation

Galaxy ZF-COSMOS-20115

RARE FIND  Galaxy ZF-COSMOS-20115, illustrated here, may be an oddity in the early universe. It formed stars rapidly, but then suddenly shut off, becoming red and dead by the time the universe was only 1.65 billion years old.

Leonard Doublet/Swinburne University of Technology

This article is only available to Science News subscribers.

Subscribers, enter your e-mail address to access our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.

More Stories from Science News on Astronomy

From the Nature Index

Paid Content