Herschel Looks Back in Time to See Stars Bursting to Life

An artist’s rendition of one of the newly discovered SPIRE ‘hot starburst’ galaxies (credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

>From a Royal Astronomical Society Press release:

Astronomers have found the first conclusive evidence for a dramatic surge in star birth in a newly discovered population of massive galaxies in the early Universe. Their measurements confirm the idea that stars formed most rapidly about 11 billion years ago, or about three billion years after the Big Bang, and that the rate of star formation is much faster than was thought. (…) Read the rest of Herschel Looks Back in Time to See Stars Bursting to Life (765 words)

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