James Webb Space Telescope revealed its initial photographs a few days ago, and now it has established a new record by discovering what NASA claims is the furthest galaxy ever, the Galaxy GLASS-z13, which is 13.5 billion years old.
Known as GLASS-z13, the newly discovered galaxy was discovered by Rohan Naidu of the Harvard Center for Astrophysics 300 million years after the Big Bang, more than 100 million years earlier than anything ever found. He went on to say that they may be staring at the farthest-off starlight ever observed. New Scientist tweeted, “GN-z11 was the previous record holder, which dates back to 400 million years after the start of the universe,” citing the Hubble Space Telescope’s discovery.
The longer it takes for light from faraway objects to reach us, the more difficult it is for the uneducated eye to see. The exact age of GLASS-z13, which is thought to date back to the beginning of the cosmos, is uncertain. It is thought to have developed within the first 300 million years of the universe’s existence. So-called “early release” data from the main infrared camera of the orbiting observatory, named NIRcam, recorded GLASS-z13.
According to the research, the galaxy GLASS-z13 appeared in the visible spectrum as a red glob with a white core. Besides being published in a scholarly journal, Naidu and his team of 25 astronomers worldwide have also made their findings available on a “preprint” server. Even though the work hasn’t been peer-reviewed, it has already sparked excitement among astronomers worldwide.
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s senior scientist, stated that astronomy records are already collapsing and more are in precarious condition. He also said that he gets excited when science has been thoroughly peer-reviewed. This, on the other hand, is encouraging. Fortunately for Naidu, a team of astronomers led by Marco Castellano, who worked on the same data, has confirmed his findings.
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