Hubble Finds Patches of Newborn Stars in Galaxy 11 Billion Light-Years from Earth

Jul 7, 2017 Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured a detailed image of an extremely distant, gravitationally lensed galaxy they believe contains two dozen patches of newborn stars. The galaxy in question, SGAS J111020.0+645950.8 (SGAS 1110 for short), is a clumpy, star-forming galaxy approximately 11 billion light-years away. The Hubble observations of SGAS 1110 were enabled by a cosmic effect known as gravitational lensing. The gravity of the massive galaxy cluster SDSS J1110+6459, located between SGAS 1110 and Earth, distorts the galaxy’s light, stretching it into an arc and also magnifying it almost 30 times....

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