Hawaii telescope sees galaxy far, far away

Nov. 4, 2003 at 7:32 PM
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HILO, Hawaii, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers using Japan's Subaru telescope in Hawaii have discovered a galaxy 12.9 billion light-years from Earth -- the most distant galaxy found to date.

The Japan Times said the research team, which includes specialists from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Tohoku University, has discovered seven distant galaxies in recent efforts.

The latest finding extends the distance of the known farthest galaxies from Earth by about 3 million light-years.

Along with two galaxies discovered in March, Japanese astronomers have so far succeeded in identifying nine of the 10 farthest galaxies yet discovered.

Subaru, an optical-infrared telescope with a 27-foot mirror, is one of the world's largest telescopes. It's located near the summit of the 13,800-foot Mount Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. It began full operations in 2000.

Topics: Mauna Kea
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