Hubble Spots a Galaxy Born 13 Billion Years Ago | 80beats

![most-distant-galaxy][1]From [Phil Plait][2]:

The record for the most distant object in the Universe ever seen has been smashed: a galaxy [has been found][3] at the staggering distance of **13.1 billion light years!**

It’s so dim that the faintest star you can see with your unaided eye is 4 _billion_ times brighter. Its distance is simply numbing; the Universe itself is only 13.7 billion years old, so the light from this object began its journey on its way to Earth _just 600 million years after the Universe itself formed_.

Head to the full post at [Bad Astronomy][2] for all the details about how astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to find this faraway galaxy, and what the discovery tells us about the infant universe.

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