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Remotest galaxy was born in dawn of Universe

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Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet for a 13.2-billion-year old galaxy, a finding that provides a key piece of information about the universe's early childhood. 'This is the most distant (galaxy) identified with high confidence.' 'If our current universe is a man of 70 years of age, we have reached an 'infant' of 2.5-years young.' 'It is like an archaeologist finding an oldest piece in history.' Since only a very small portion of the sky was covered in Zheng's survey, the team figures they either got incredibly lucky, or the universe is filled with similar distant galaxies. The newly discovered galaxy is believed to be very compact and small -- about 0.1 percent the size of the Milky Way galaxy. 'The fact we found one such object in a small volume hints for the abundance of such objects in the early universe.' 'We are likely just seeing the tip of the iceberg.'

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