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New-found galaxies may be farthest back in time and space yet

Potential finding uses data that push limits of current technology

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5:13pm, January 3, 2010

By pushing the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope to its very limits as a cosmic time machine, astronomers have identified three galaxies that may hail from an era only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. The faint galaxies may be the most distant starlit bodies known, each lying some 13.2 billion light-years from Earth.

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